MMQB – Virginia Tech

MMQB – Virginia Tech

It’s been a while since Pitt has really been licked.  I mean like really licked in the regular season, as in take-you-behind-the-woodshed, and whack you with a hickory stick until you are black and blue.

364 days to be exact.  Pitt at Miami.  November 24th, 2018.  Pitt scored three points and bumbled their way to 200 yards of total offense against a team that wanted it more.  Pitt committed ten penalties in that game, by the way.

November 23rd, 2019.  Pitt scored zero points and somehow managed to collect 177 yards against a team that wanted it way more.  Pitt committed ten penalties in this game as well.   Continue reading “MMQB – Virginia Tech”

Virginia Tech Prediction Thread

Virginia Tech Prediction Thread

10 Reasons why Pitt will beat Virginia Tech on Saturday

  1.  The defense
  2. All parts of said defense
  3. Damar Hamlin is well-rested and fired up
  4. Patrick Jones is from Virginia and will want to make sure all the Hokies know it.
  5. Pitt is 4-1 on the road
  6. Kenny Pickett may have turned the corner
  7. The O Line is better than it’s been all season
  8. Pitt always plays Virginia Tech tough
  9. We’ve got leaders on this team
  10. Destiny

Continue reading “Virginia Tech Prediction Thread”

Virginia Tech Week – Previewing the Hokies

Virginia Tech Week – Previewing the Hokies

If you read yesterday’s post you know that Virginia Tech has a good quarterback, and conventional wisdom says that the Hokies should be stout on defense and special teams.  Lets dive into the numbers and see if we can figure out what these Turkeys are made of.

We’ll start with the basics.  Virginia Tech is 44th in total defense.  They give up 365 yards per game.  They are 29th in rushing defense (123.9).  They are 29th in pass efficiency defense (allowing a rating of 120.5).  They are 11th in sacks (3.3 per game).  This is the same as Penn State (as far as sacks).  I’ll also add that Virginia Tech has intercepted 12 passes, which is good for 11th in the nation.  The sack and interception numbers should worry Pitt fans.  Continue reading “Virginia Tech Week – Previewing the Hokies”

QB Corner – Profiling Hendon Hooker

QB Corner – Profiling Hendon Hooker

First, some housekeeping.  It has been quite a last-few-days for Pitt sports.

  • Pitt’s women’s volleyball team locked up their their third ACC championship.  They play Florida State this weekend at the Pete.

  • Even though the wrestling team lost to Ohio State, they’ve moved up to #12 nationally.

  • Pitt Men’s soccer made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 25 years.  They’ll meet Lehigh in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

  • Jaylen Twyman was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

  • Shocky Jaques Louis made the Pro Football Focus ACC team of the week (offense)

  • Deslin Alexandre and Damarri Mathis made the PFF ACC team of the week (defense)

…and to close it out, Kenny Pickett was named ACC Quarterback of the week

in part by making great throws like this one on third and 14:

I also want to take a second to congratulate Kenny.  He’s taken a fair amount of heat this season, both from me and from the Pitt fan base, and he’s fought through it.  He’s clearly shown the ability to take coaching and grow, and that is a credit to how he approaches the game.  As fans, we are depending on him to continue to grow, and we wish him nothing but continued success.  After all, we have a vested interest in how well he plays. Continue reading “QB Corner – Profiling Hendon Hooker”

Virginia Tech Week: Don’t call it a Rivalry

Virginia Tech Week:  Don’t call it a Rivalry

Rivalry is often defined as “that moment when someone sees a stranger dressed in a team’s colors and, despite being down by three scores and on national television, still shoots both middle fingers at them and accidentally creates a Renaissance painting.”

Pitt and Virginia Tech do not have such a relationship.  Still, they have a history that has fermented into a strong dislike of Pitt by the Virginia Tech faithful.  Perhaps this is because we’ve upset nationally ranked Hokies teams five times since the series began (No. 13 in 2012, No. 5 in 2003, No. 3 in 2002, No. 12/13 in 2001 and No. 19/20 in 1997).

Or perhaps its because of the epic beat down that we handed them at Heinz Field last November.  Continue reading “Virginia Tech Week: Don’t call it a Rivalry”