Lets get the bad taste of basketball out of our mouths. Today is a day for savoring the season and anticipating the biggest football game of the last forty years. Two great offenses. A defense that has struggled against the RPO. A team that is on the cusp of achieving everything they’ve wanted. Who wants it more?
I will all come down to who plays a more complete game. Lets hope that Pitt plays their best one of the year.
Last week, our Pitt Panthers won a lackluster but dominating game against the Syracuse Orange 31 – 14. It was not the fireworks display we had seen in the past. But there was no worry or concern on my part. This was my attitude even as Syracuse methodically worked down the field on their first drive. It was just a matter of time before Pitt was victorious.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Wake, Dec’s) were not in the same position as Pitt. They had to win to clinch the Atlantic Division. They won convincingly over Boston College 41 – 10.
On to the stats review. ACC standings and Wake’s and Pitt’s year to date schedules.
Ten teams are bowl eligible. Only Virginia Tech won their sixth game last week. For bowl selections, the ACC one game jump rule is in effect. None of the nine or 10 win games winners can be jumped over for a tier one bowl.
Common opponents are Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, and Clemson. Both teams can score. Pitt is better at scoring defense.
Kenny Pickett has officially been named the best player in the ACC for 2021.
I think we can all agree that what Mark Whipple has done with him has been tremendous, and the growth of his supporting cast came just at the right time. Not bad for a mid-tier three-star recruit. This is what college football is all about folks.
Here is a trip down memory lane regarding Pickett’s passing stats. (Stats courtesy of sportsreference.com)
Also, in the Did you Know category:
Kenny Pickett owns the following Pitt school records:
Total Offense (12,839 yards) Passing Yards (12,050 yards) Touchdown Responsibility (99 TDs) Completions (1,025) Rushing Scores by a QB (19 TDs) Single-Game Passing (519 yards) Single-Season Passing (4,066 yards) Longest Passing Play (96 yards) Most 300-Yard Passing Games (16) Most 400-Yard Passing Games (5) Most 500-Yard Passing Games (1) Most 3,000-Yard Passing Seasons (2) Passes in a Season (469 in 2019) Completions in a Season (314 in 2021)
“The best quarterback in the ACC…and a legitimate candidate for the Heisman.” – USA Today’s Paul Myerberg
“This quarterback is special. The game is very, very slow to him. He knows where everybody is. He’s a master of the game within the game. Really understands the nuances of their offense. Very accurate. … He’s the highest-rated guy in the country.” – Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney
Kenny Pickett “throws the best deep ball in college football.” – Fox Sports’ Matt Leinart, 2004 Heisman Trophy Winner
“He isn’t just the best quarterback in the ACC this season, he’s been the best QB in the entire country.” – Pro Football Network’s Cam Mellor