So, yeah. The ACC’s predetermined protected game for Pitt. With long-time frenemy? old-Eastern-indie-opponent? Meh? It’s Syracuse. I just can’t muster requisite hate for them when it comes to football that the ACC seems to think there is between the two sides. At least not to call it a rivalry game.
I want Pitt to beat them. I want Pitt to get that bowl eligibility completed. After that? Eh.
Here are the ACC affiliates carrying the game. If not in your area, it’s on ESPN3.com.
Let’s hit some links ahead of the game.
The weekly injury report was distributed Thursday night, and the list was extremely long for Syracuse. Five key players — three offense, two defense — have been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh, including three that play starters’ minutes.
Tailback Prince-Tyson Gulley (lower body), H-back Brisly Estime (upper body) and wide receiver Jarrod West (upper body) are all sidelined for this weekend’s game. Cornerback Julian Whigham (upper body) and defensive lineman Isaiah Johnson (upper body) will be missing on defense.
Reserve wide receiver Ben Lewis (upper body) is also out, and backup center Jason Emerich (lower body) is listed as doubtful.
Lafayette Pitts hasn’t had a good year. Concedes focus has been an issue. Oddly, no mention of handling moving to more of zone coverage.
A recap from Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer’s introductory press conference after Doug Marrone left for the Buffalo Bills. Yeah, he was/is/will be a defensive coordinator.