November 29, 2012

To Get To A Bowl

Filed under: Bowls,Football — Chas @ 8:27 am

The good news, is that Pitt has been following that whole 2-wins, 2-losses thing. So from that side of things, Pitt should win in Tampa on Saturday night.

The bad news. Pitt hasn’t won a Big East road game this year. The only road win this year: at Buffalo. Oh, and Pitt is 0-4 in night games this year (1-6 in all games that did not start at noon).

Pitt sits at 5-6. A win squeaks them into a bowl game. Normally this would have Pitt staring down the barrel of a 3d straight trip to Birmingham and the BBVA Bowl. Yet, oddly enough, there is a good chance for Pitt to snag a bid to one of the other bowls.

The Pinstripe and Beef O’Brady Bowl both seem to be expressing a bit more interest in grabbing Pitt.

Admittedly, this seems like small consolation, but after two straight years of the worst January bowl, it sounds downright appealing.

The Pinstripe Bowl is looking Pitt’s way because of the match-up they could create.

Pinstripe Bowl executive director Mark Holtzman said renewing the Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia at Yankee Stadium “can be very compelling” for his game.

“The question is would it be as compelling for the fans as a Backyard Brawl in Heinz Field,” he said. “You sell out for that and then some. The good thing is it’s a drive and Pitt fans are used to driving to New York for basketball.”

The reason, of course, is money. Pinstripe bowl officials believe they can sell out a Backyard Brawl in New York. A meeting of Cuse and WVU would sell well, but not as well.

While the Beef O’Brady Bowl also seems interested, if the Pinstripe were to pass on Pitt. If Pitt didn’t get picked for the Pinstripe, the key to whether Pitt goes Beef or Birmingham would hinge on ESPN.

ESPN owns and controls both bowls. They aren’t concerned with attendance as much as they are ratings. In the Big East, Pitt has been one of the better draws for TV eyeballs. That’s why Pitt had back-to-back showings in the BBVA. Getting people to watch a low-tiered bowl game on a  post-New Year is not an easy thing. But even ESPN knows there has to be a little variety.

Of course, getting a bowl bid still requires Pitt to win the damn game.

Headed out for HH.

Since as Chas noted Buffalo is our only road win of the season? (and we desperately need another road win)

Riddle me this……

What do USF & Buffalo have in common ???
(answer at 11 (or thereabouts), lol )

Comment by Emel 11.30.12 @ 7:19 pm

bulls oy vey

Comment by steve1 11.30.12 @ 7:22 pm

@Dr Tom

Yes there certainly is a large Mass in Creepy Valley

Now what that Mass exactly is, is subject to debate.

haha 🙂

Comment by Emel 11.30.12 @ 7:25 pm

My dad went to Penn State,as did his dad and all 4 of his dad’s brothers. I hate Penn State with every ounce of my body and then some.

I still think the “Carson Long and wide” 1975 7-6 loss game was the most difficult loss as a fan of any I’ve ever had, and Pitt’s worst loss ever at any sport. I can still see Gordon Jones catching a psss late in the game and running for a TD with only one solitary Nittany “Pig” Safety laying on the ground to stop him and instead of going around, he tried to jump over him and of course fell down on contact. We missed 3 point blank FG’s and an extra point that night and other than the score, totally dominaed PSU

WVU annoys me like an insect crawling up my wall.

To me, our arch rival will always be Penn State.

Comment by Dan 72 11.30.12 @ 8:08 pm

Both are also 3 win teams I believe and will have only about 10k in attendance. I expect Pitt to win big. They are 7 point favorites. Then, on to the PinStripe to play the Hoopies who rape poor little sheep.

Comment by TX Panther 11.30.12 @ 8:22 pm

My two favorite teams are the Pitt Panthers and whoever is playing Penn State that weekend.

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.30.12 @ 8:37 pm

Georgia Tech to Big Ten is the new rumor. Is the Big Ten trying to kill the ACC?

Comment by Chris 11.30.12 @ 8:52 pm

Chris, do you have sources?

Comment by panther94 11.30.12 @ 9:52 pm

GA Tech has issued a statement to deny this rumor.

Comment by HbgFrank 11.30.12 @ 11:21 pm

The Dude from WV is spreading rumours again. He does this whenever he feels threatened. Louisville going to the ACC is helping isolate WVU. And eventually every conference will go to 16 teams. Who will the Big 12 target now. FSU and Clemson want the SEC but it doesn’t want them since no new TV sets. NC and Va are the key. Why would they go to a mid west conference and give up their southern heritage and have their fans travel to snowy northern places to watch games. And if the Big 10 thinks Ga Tech will bring the Atlanta market, they are wrong. Georgia is top dog in the state. Ga Tech is small and private and doesn’t fit the land grant state profile. Va and NC are the better choices and neither will move unless the SEC picks of Va Tech and NC State. At that point, you’ll need to worry about Florida St. Its a battle between the Big 12 which actually sits at 10 and the ACC. Only one of those conferences will survive. My money is on the ACC. The Big 12 has lost 4 teams already. The ACC only 1 and that one was replaced by a better program…athletically that is.

Comment by TX Panther 12.01.12 @ 7:03 am

Georgia Tech is public not private and has 21,000 undergrads. Not Big 10 size on average but as large as NW and certainly as “prestigious.”

Comment by A-Wild 12.01.12 @ 10:27 am

But do they deliver Atlanta? They don’t. Nobody in Georgia will watch the Big 10 network. They are southerners to the core.

Also, Pitt is considered public but for all intents and purposes they are private. What percentage of funds does Ga Tech receive from the state? Pitt’s share is less than 10 percent and will soon be zero. Pitt fits like a glove in the ACC and so does Ga Tech. If they leave, they are stupid.

Comment by TX Panther 12.01.12 @ 1:52 pm

Atlanta may be geographically southern but it ceased being a “true” southern city a long time ago. How many BIG 10 alum do you think live in ATL? IF GT has the opportunity to make millions more they are gone like yesterday.

Comment by A-Wild 12.02.12 @ 11:00 am

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