What Pitt POV is Thankful For…

First off I am thankful that we have a following on here who are well-versed in all the aspects of college football and in Pitt football particularly.  Add to that the fact that we  love to dissect and discuss that subject, with all its many pros and cons, in a civil and respectful manner and it is the best of the best.

I thank each and every one of you all for that.

We have a university that we are proud of in all ways, not just by the wins and losses we garner out on the field of play.  Our university is so much more than just that.  Pitt does things the right way, even if it means starting over again with new head coaches or disciplining our players in ways that better both themselves and the team. Making the correct decisions isn’t easy sometimes but Pitt gets it right way more often than not.

I thank the Pitt administration for that and Pat Narduzzi specifically.  Regardless of how I choose to weigh the good, bad and indifferent about his football coaching duties to me his real mission at Pitt is to be the leader of 100+ young kids and young men and to set examples they can emulate both when they are at Pitt and into their future lives.

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Clemson Prediction Thread

It’s game day tomorrow and what do you think will happen?  Is there a major upset in the making down in Death Valley or do the two teams play to form and Clemson wins at home?

On second thought that ‘playing to form’ in Pitt’s case is a bit confusing as there is two ways to look at Pitt’s form.  Will we play like we did in the first half of the season when we were 4-2 with a productive offense and a great rushing defense?

Maybe we’ll play more like we have in our last three games where we are 2-1 and lost the last two by a  combined score of 90-64.  As in all sports no one really knows what will happen until it happens… but I think it will be a tough outing for our Panthers.

Here are some head to head match ups between the two teams:


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POV’s Monday Morning QB; 11/7/16

One of the nice things about Monday Morning QB is that I have two days to read the post-game comments on here and that helps to focus in on some things I might have missed during the game.

We lost to Miami on Saturday, 51-28 so we’ll start with the three negatives first:


* Preparations for the game.  Hey, we have to start with something other than our pass defense for once (although again…).

It looked as if Pitt was not as ‘up’ for this game from the beginning as they have been with the other games on the schedule to date.  Although when an opposing QB goes 10/10 and gets two passing TDs in their first two series it will dampen any enthusiasm the kids might have had coming out of the tunnel.

It seemed as if Pitt goes into every game determined to stick with a set game plan (the same plan for every team it appears). Where is the individual approach to each different opponent?

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POV’s Sunday Podcast: Miami Game

There isn’t a whole lot of surprises that came out of yesterday’s game – even the Pitt fans who predicted a win weren’t surprised we lost… but they maybe were shocked at the poor overall showing we put forth in Miami.

51-28 was the score and here are the box score and stats for you to lament over as you listen.


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POV’s Miami Game Day Thread

Here we go friends. The team is in Miami and ready to stop their QB, pound their defensive line  to bruised meat and bring an ACC win back to Pittsburgh. Our predictions have been cast in stone and what’s left to do is out of the fan’s hands.

But don’t let that stop you from willing them to play their very best through this game thread.

Have at it friends – this one will define this season I believe – win and we have a good shot at bettering last year’s record which is what we want to see from our coaching staff – progression.


Know the Enemy: Miami Rain Showers

Saturday we’ll get back to our regular Saturday afternoon schedule of ACC matches when we travel down to Hard Rock stadium to face the Miami Hurricanes.  At present they are doing this (charts).  Note how well they jumped up into the Top-10 in the first half of the season:


You can see their season has been one with two faces – they started off with four straight wins and then changed court sides and went 0-4 in their last four games. Beating the likes of Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic and Appalachian State is no great shakes… although Appalachian State did beat Michigan some years ago.

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Answer the Question Please

During the April Spring Practice Media Day I attended a Pat Narduzzi press conference and asked him a pretty simple question: “What do you see the difference is between defending against Big 10 offenses and now that you are at Pitt, defending against ACC offense?”

The answer was, not so surprisingly, a minimal and rather snarky response where he said (to paraphrase) ‘There are no differences in college football offenses, we’ll line up and play them as they come.  which was an eyebrow raiser for me and for the other media types in the press room. 

Why?  Because everyone and their brother knows that the Big Ten offenses rely on the run first and foremost and the ACC is almost the exact opposite.

Let me steal a couple of charts from that article linked above.  It was written in 2015 but my follow-up research shows its messages haven’t changed much at all. This is a preface to the charts –

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