September 27, 2008

Going Live for Pitt-Syracuse

Filed under: Football,liveblog — Chas @ 11:07 am

It’s live blog day. Pitt on the road. I’m at home.

New tech, though. The live blog will be in a more interactive/chat format. With the comments appearing right with my blog comments.

The comments will be subject to approval in this format. Highly irrelevant comments, Abusive commenting or excessive cursing (unless warranted) will not get posted.

Unfortunately, WordPress based blogs are not as compatible with the CoverItLive software to plop it right in the post. So click the link below to go to the liveblog at noon. It will appear as a pop-up box.

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The game is on WTAE in Pittsburgh. For those with ESPN Gameplan, it will be showed on that. It’s an ESPN Regional game. You can see it on the following sports cable channels depending on your region:

SNY (SportsNet New York)

MASN (DC region)

Altitude Sports and Entertainment

Courtesy of DanS who is at the game.

Crowd control

Crowd control

Never let it be said that Syracuse lacks gallows humor.

How about a game of Bingo (PDF)? They have 3 different cards.

Play along

Play along

Here’s the blueprint to how Syracuse can beat Pitt. Strangely, it doesn’t involve lulling Wannstedt into a false sense that the game is over by going down 14-0 in the first quarter.

Quick comparison on the game that is a must-win for both coaches.

Conference opener. It’s sort of a clean slate.

“It is sort of like starting over now,” Wannstedt said. “The first three weeks, you put them behind you and you make the focus what our main goal is, win the Big East title. I am sure Syracuse feels the same way, and so this will be a very tough game because I’m sure the Orange will be more than ready to play.”

Of course, Pitt still has two more non-cons to play.

A quick summary of two disappointing teams under their respective coaches. Since it is out of Rochester, the focus is more on the ‘Cuse shortcomings.

Well, what do you know. Even OC Cavanaugh admits there is some reason for disappointment with the offense.

“You have to get some of those chunk runs,” he said. “I don’t think you’re going to go out there and average 5 yards per carry on 40 carries, (but) at some point you’re going to break one. We’ve got guys that can go the distance.”

Through three games Pitt is averaging 3.6 yards per rush.

“We’re all disappointed that the numbers aren’t where they’re supposed to be,” Cavanaugh said. “Nobody wants to discount winning a couple games, we just feel to complement our offense we need to run the ball for more yards than we’re getting, and we’re close.

“I’m hoping we can get both LeSean and LaRod on track here pretty quick, and start being a little more efficient running the football.”

No word about the passing game.

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