I saw someone on one of Pitt’s message boards talking about silent snap counts and how the OTs struggled to get back in time against Georgia Tech. I brought this up as an issue after the Virginia Tech game. But, I think it may go deeper than that. I think the offense struggles in an environment with any type of noise, which is every away game thus far except for Duke, because that stadium was emptier than even the worst Pitt fan’s nightmare. When I looked at the stats, it gave me a glimmer of hope that maybe the offense can turn it around against Notre Dame.
I’m also going to leave out the FSU game because I firmly believe they’re the best team in the country right now. This is a little bit of selective statistics, but we can’t judge Pitt against FSU. I’m rooting for Stanford against Oregon this weekend so FSU’ s guaranteed a title shot if they win out. I hope you join me in that so as many FSU players go pro as possible to knock them down a peg. Someone forge Jameis Winston’s birth certificate. Back to Pitt!
At home+Duke, the offense has averaged 423.5 yards and 37.25 points per game. That’s a top 30 offense points-wise. On the road minus Duke, the offense has averaged 258.7 yards and 13.3 points. Those numbers would be one of the worst in college football, along with the likes of Purdue and UConn. This is quite the contrast and perhaps the difference isn’t early season vs. late season, it’s home vs. away.
Pitt started off the season at home three of the first four games. This was followed with three road games out of four. Now, the season closes as it opened. If this is correct, the offense can get on track this week in a friendly environment. I’m probably wrong and it’s more that Virginia made the blueprint to beat the offense and everyone else is just copying, but at this point, I think we all need a glimmer of optimism to hold onto.
By contrast, the defense thrives on the road (minus Duke, again). Yardage wise it’s almost identical: 348.8 ypg at home and 333.3 ypg on the road. Points-wise, however, is a big difference. At home/Duke, the offense is allowing 27.3 ppg. On the road? They’re only giving up 21.3 ppg. It’s odd, because GT was almost the exact statistical average of our offense and defense on the road. (21-10 vs. 21.3-13.3).
Like I said, it’s probably not a home or away game thing, but I just wanted to toss out a little hope that maybe, just maybe, the offense can play well against Notre Dame, UNC, and Miami.