Well, it wasn’t pretty, but something I’m a big fan of is that this team has now won several games fans normally expect them to lose. I expected Duke to pull off the miracle comeback. I knew when Notre Dame’s TJ Jones went 80 yards to get a 21-14 lead, Pitt would collapse. Sure, we’ve seen a few moments only Pitt could pull off, but at the end of the day, we’ve seen this team come back and tie three games in a row after being down in the second half. Then they won two of those three. Six wins in the ACC is significantly better than six wins in the Big East.
While this season has been slightly disappointing, there’s a huge difference between 5-7 and 6-6. It’s gigantic. Even the eternal optimist in me thought the best realistic scenario was 8-4 and this team certainly could’ve achieved that with a bounce here or there. I won’t bother with “what if” scenarios though. Barring a crazy scenario, this team will go to a non-Birmingham destination in December. For such a young team, those few extra weeks of practice are huge. I know I’ll enjoy bowl projections a lot more now that I know I get to see Pitt play in one.
Savor the ugly win and enjoy the fact that even through all of the turmoil of coaching changes, arrests, transfers, and all of the other miscellaneous ugliness, this program has not missed a bowl game since 2007. You know who wishes they could say that right now? Florida. We still don’t know if Chryst can lead this team to something above mediocrity, but after Wannstedt missed a bowl game his first three seasons in a far better scenario, it’s safe to say Chryst’s first two steps have been a lot better.
Sorry for my lack of internet presence during the game today. My wife and I had our first baby shower hosted by some local friends and we picked her up a new car today (30 miles away and it required two trips) . We had a busy day. But, presents, new car, and a Pitt win? I’d call that a great day. For those wondering, my wife and Calvin are doing just fine. Calvin has been quite active lately, he was a big fan of the Penguins game last night.