Being 3-1 is within the expected area before the season started. The over the moon optimist dreamed of 4-0. The complete pessimist said 1-3. There’s a lot of work needed with this team. Everyone knew that going into the season. There’s a lot that won’t get fixed this year, because of the players in place or the coaching. That’s reality.
What I find strange is complaining about being 3-1, because the last two wins highlighted many of the problems even as Pitt managed to win. Does Pitt “deserve” to be 3-1? Yes. Not because they are a Florida or Georgia-level 3-1 team. But because they were better than the three teams they beat.
If Virginia won yesterday, they would be a 3-1 team. If Pitt had lost to Duke last week, Duke would be a 4-1 team. Would they “deserve” that record?
Here are the teams that are 3-1 at this point:
Cinci, Rutgers, UCF, NC St, GT, Mich. St., Neb., Ill, PSU, East Carolina, Ohio, Fla., Ga., South Carolina, Auburn, Ole Miss, ASU, Ariz, Utah and Tx St.
You can try to put them in some order. Or you can wait to let them sort themselves out beyond the 1/3 mark of the season.
I’m happy to have the wins. I don’t expect Pitt to challenge for the Coastal Division simply because they sit tied for 2d at the end of September. It is not outrageous or completely negative to realistically believe that Pitt only wins 2 or 3 more games the rest of the season. I also don’t think it is seeing things through blue-and-gold glasses to see Pitt go 5-3 the rest of the season. This is a team right now that is not great and it is not terrible. It is somewhere in that wide swath in the middle. We are still trying to figure out if they are good or meh.
Do they improve and build on things? Are they plateaued at points? I really don’t know. No one really knows. From the perspective of the overall talent, you could say that this team is not so far apart from the 6-6 teams of the previous two years.
The only thing I am starting to think that is really different, is that this team has something that the teams the last couple years don’t. The ability to overcome some bad breaks and take advantage of a few good ones.