MMQB: The Sun Bowl

MMQB:  The Sun Bowl

Editor’s note:  I was going to post this on Weds AM, but we already have 612 comments on the game thread, and this one may be a little bit easier to scroll through.   Continue to have at it, we sure do have a lot to talk about.

Well, we blew it.

And it’s not like the fans couldn’t see it coming, because nearly everybody did.

The first ominous sign was the inability to score touchdowns during a dominating first quarter.  Things got a shade darker after we tried and failed to get any kind of passing game going in second half.  By the time Watson went into panic mode in the fourth quarter and all-but-abandoned the run our fate was sealed.

And yet there were good things about the game.  The team came out fired up, and they never quit.  The running game was again strong, even without senior running back Qadree Ollison, who went down early with an ankle injury.  The defense certainly played well enough to win.  If the El-Paso-Fumble-Pass-TD had never happened we might even have held on.

But we didn’t.  And the bottom line is that the Stanford Cardinal spotted us a half-dozen of their best players, and we still couldn’t figure out a way to win.

Water finds its own level people, and our level is .500.  Seems like it always has been and seems like it always will.

Feel free to list your goods, bads and uglies, or just vent.

Hail to Pitt.  (Half of the time)

Michaelangelo

 

 

 

 

Pitt Football: Sun Bowl Open Game Thread

Pitt Football:  Sun Bowl Open Game Thread

Well I did my best to tamp down expectations with my preview post last week.  Here’s to hoping Pitt exceeds whatever expectations we have and plays their best game of the season.  The 19 seniors on this team deserve it.

Hail to Pitt!

PS here is an interesting note on the Stanford mascot.  No matter what happens, we are going to win in that department, hands down.

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Sun Bowl Prediction Thread

Sun Bowl Prediction Thread

Well folks.  Here it is.  The official Pitt POV Sun Bowl prediction thread.  We’ve said a lot about this game, and I’ll recap the conversation.

On one hand, Stanford has the talent to make us look bad if they show up to play.  Their roster is dripping with four star players, and the Cardinal passing game is very good.

On the other hand, a lot of Stanford’s starters are not playing due to injury or NFL combine prep.  Also, you can’t measure heart and desire, which you would think the 19 (mostly two and three star) Seniors on this 2018 Pitt squad have in spades.

My heart wants to say that Stanford overlooks us and Pitt will win this one with their smashmouth style, ultimately sending the Senior class off in with a bowl win and something to really hang their hat on, but my head says David Shaw is a heck of a coach, and he’s had two weeks to prepare, and that scares me.

I’m sticking with my original prediction, but I sure hope I’m wrong.

Stanford 41, Pitt 28.

What do you have to Say Panther Nation?  Sound off!

 Late add: also here is your Pitt uniform reveal

 

Things are Progressing Like They Should

Things are Progressing Like They Should

Things are progressing like they should.  The ACC Coastal has a mediocre bowl record, and Clemson and Alabama have dominated the College Football Playoff.  No major news coming out of El Paso leading up to the bowl, other than the Paris Ford and Bricen Garner news earlier this week, and a couple of fights in practice.

First, the College Football Playoff business.   After that 30 – 3 Clemson beatdown of Notre Dame, the ACC Championship game doesn’t look so bad.  I mean, it still looks bad, but it’s pretty apparent that the College Football elite comprises Clemson, Alabama, and Georgia, and there is a pretty significant drop off to the second tier. Continue reading “Things are Progressing Like They Should”

Black Hole Sun: Previewing the 2018 Sun Bowl

Black Hole Sun:  Previewing the 2018 Sun Bowl

Bowl week is here, and I’ll trust you’ve had a fine Christmas if Christmas is the holiday you celebrate, or a fine few days off if it’s not.

Either way, it’s time to get back to football, and for all the rah-rah I’ve been dispensing of late, I’ve decided to strike a decidedly more sober tone leading up the bowl game.

The reason is because I’m not sure we can win.

The Stanford Cardinal is a good football team, people.  Sure you can look at the fact that Stanford lost four games, and the fact that their best running back is sitting this one out, and the fact that Stanford has the 120th ranked passing defense and convince yourself that we can match up pretty well against them.  But if you look a little deeper you’ll see that Stanford is an immensely talented team that caught a few bad breaks during the season, and they have the horses to beat Pitt badly.

Continue reading “Black Hole Sun: Previewing the 2018 Sun Bowl”

Sun Bowl Link Clearance and Other Cool Stuff

Sun Bowl Link Clearance and Other Cool Stuff

Pitt’s bowl game is a little more than a week away and the PR train has started rolling.

First and foremost, if you haven’t read Brian Batko’s excellent piece about the 2008 Sun Bowl, aka the “Worst bowl game in History”, stop what you are doing right now and give a read.  It’s literally all anyone is talking about.  Also, Paul Zeise was there.  He weighs in as well.  The halftime show at the game did set the record for the largest YMCA dance ever, so there is that.

Sun Bowl EmailSecond, if you can’t make it to the Sun Bowl but you do want to support Pitt, you have the opportunity to buy a ticket that will be donated to an Armed Services member in the El Paso area.  That service member will get a Pitt T-Shirt and sit in the Pitt Section at the Sun Bowl.  If we play well they might even cheer for us!   In all seriousness though, given the POV’s deep-rooted interest in supporting service members, I think this is all something we can get behind.  I bought two, and it felt great.  Here is the donation link.  If you’ve never bought tickets through the Pitt Box office (But you have…right?)  you’ll have to set up an account which is quick and easy.  The link again is:  https://t.co/6aSYmaax6Y Continue reading “Sun Bowl Link Clearance and Other Cool Stuff”

All I Want for Christmas… + News and Notes

All I Want for Christmas… + News and Notes

Here is a bit of a two for-one-piece.  A “Make a Wish” Piece by POV poster Mark Kerestan and also some quick updates on the Pitt football program.

First, as we may have suspected, Alabama three-star DE recruit Brandon Mack has decommitted.  Additionally, per Reed’s prediction earlier this season, backup QB Ricky Town has left the program and Jeff George Jr. has stepped into Town’s position on the depth chart.  According to the Trib’s Jerry DiPaola, Town has finished up his degree (or is close to finishing it), so congratulations to him on achieving that milestone.

Pitt’s 2019 QB depth chart is now expected to look like this, unless Narduzzi and Watson go back on their statements made in support of Kenny Pickett after the ACC championship game:

  1. Kenny Pickett (JR)
  2. Jeff George JR (rs SR)
  3. Nick Patti (rs FR)
  4. Davis Beville (FR)

There is some hype around Beville due to his recent four-star Rivals ranking, and he is due to enroll in the spring, so it will be interesting to see how spring practice plays out.

Second, and also somewhat in-line with the quarterback conversation, here is Mark Kerestan’s “All I want for Christmas” Piece.

We are deep into the holiday season and are surrounded by constant reminders of the magic of the Holidays, and their ability to make our dreams come true.  Many Christmas songs revolve around wishes for the holidays, from “Two Front Teeth”, to a “White Christmas”, or the opportunity to be “Home for the Holidays”.  The really ambitious songs wish for “Peace on Earth”, (editor’s note:  I’d settle for upgraded ACC officiating) and if I am understanding Mariah Carey correctly, she wants me for Christmas!  

As Pitt fans we all have our hopes and dreams for the Pitt Panther Athletic programs. Some may have modest wishes like a win in the upcoming Sun Bowl, or more ambitious goals like landing a once in-a-generation player at the position of your choice in football, a 4 or 5 star center for the basketball team, or even a specific coach you would like to see on the Panther Side line (Head Coach or otherwise).  As such, this is your opportunity to make your one holiday wish for the Pittsburgh Panthers for this Christmas.  I’m into immediate gratification so I’ll start with my wish being a big decisive win for the Panther Football team to hopefully jump start recruiting and fuel our enthusiasm for this team heading into next year.

What would your ONE wish be for your Pitt Panthers this Holiday season?