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October 21, 2016

ACC Matchups During the Bye Week

Filed under: ACC,Conference,Football — Steven Callahan @ 6:07 am

Week 8 of the college football season is coming up and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers are getting a much needed week off. While the Panthers are enjoying their only bye week of the season, there are still a few interesting games being played in the ACC. Some of these games can have huge impact on Pitt’s season, so the fans are still going to have a lot of interesting football to watch this week even without their favorite team playing.

With Virginia Tech rolling over Miami last night, the chances of full Coastal Chaos are slightly diminished. Miami is now 1-3 in the division with three straight losses, and at this point are only looking to make a bowl game. Virginia Tech now sits upon the top of the Coastal with the head-to-head edge over North Carolina and no losses in the division. The game at Heinz Field next Thursday could be their de facto clincher, as their remaining ACC games are at Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia.

The other three ACC games played this week will all take place on Saturday afternoon. The most important of these three games is the matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Virginia Cavaliers. The Tar Heels are tied with Virginia Tech at the top of the Coastal Division. Since Pitt lost a very close game to North Carolina earlier this season, they can only advance to the ACC Championship Game by finishing the season with a better record than the Tar Heels. North Carolina has to lose at least one more game this season if Pitt wants to win the division, so it might as well happen this week against Virginia. The Cavaliers are not a very good football team, so it will take a great performance to knock off North Carolina. It is worth noting that North Carolina has only two wins by double digits this season. As much as they were preseason darlings, they have not been that consistent.

The other two ACC games this week are among teams in the Atlantic Division, so they do not have that much impact on the Pitt Panthers. The game between Syracuse and Boston College has very little impact on the entire conference since both teams are sitting at the bottom of the ACC standings. NC State will also be going on the road to face Louisville this Saturday. While it does not directly alter Pitt’s season, fans should be rooting for a Louisville victory. The ACC will look like a much stronger conference if they have two teams in the top 10 of the rankings. This can’t happen if Louisville, led by Florida native Lamar Jackson, loses to NC State. A strong conference will give Pitt a much better bowl game if they are unable to win the Conference Championship game.

We’re A DAY away from what Narduzzi even calls Pitt’s “Must Win.”

In my opinion, probably the BIGGEST Challenge for Pitt so far this Season in terms of MISMATCH.

And here we are stuck on the “BYE WEEK.”

Chas, Steven… What’s the chance of Ramping Things up with an UPDATED Thread?

You Guys have been doing an EXCELLENT job up to this point and it has kept a lot of us LONGTIME Contributors here LOYAL to the Blather.

Just say’n

Comment by PittofDreams 10.26.16 @ 10:13 am

If there are issues that have come up that are temporarily standing in the way… then TOTALLY understandable.

Comment by PittofDreams 10.26.16 @ 10:15 am

there are some postings far above questioning Pitt’s academic ranking. Well, the Wall Street Journal seems to think pretty highly of Pitt (I’m sure the intelligent postings shown here on The Blather figured into these rankings):

link to

Comment by wbb 10.26.16 @ 11:59 am

PoD …

Chas Rich ?@ChasRich27 Oct 24
In Dallas for meetings. Just missed this convention.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 10.26.16 @ 12:31 pm

Reeves was pretty much a Pitt guarantee. Duzz doing real well in Ohio, here not so much. Kenny Robinson LB/ATH announces Friday. Thought he was a slam dunk, now not so sure. Think the Hoopies got a real shot at him.

Comment by Pap76 10.26.16 @ 12:57 pm

This class looked more promising until you saw how entrenched some other schools became in the area with the coaching vacuum created since Wanny. ND huge inroads. Brian Kelly getting fired would be a big relief for Pitt. Chryst didn’t repair Pitt’s relationship as much as people thought or, if he did, all goodwill went out the window with him bailing. Regardless, the WPIAL seems pleased with the new coaching staff. Plus, there is a lot of time left for Pitt to flip or bring in some heavy hitters.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 10.26.16 @ 1:21 pm

Stallings landed a talented combo guard Marcus Carr. Still has 2 or 3 scholarships to give. Need to add some forwards. Pitt is going to be very thin at that position. After this year they will have Luther, Manigault, and incoming F/C Terrell Brown….

Ideally would like to see him land 2 Forwards and a true Center. That’s if he has 6 to give. I think he does but I may be wrong.

Comment by Pap76 10.26.16 @ 1:28 pm

He has 6 to give but who knows he may have to put to 5 guards in the starting lineup the way recruiting is going this year.—Right now guards are not what Pitt needs. Getting a top flight BIG Man to commit is critical for Pitt at this time.

Comment by jrnpitt 10.26.16 @ 1:40 pm

Son of George Reeves committed to Pitt.

Up, Up and Away !!!

Comment by Emel 10.26.16 @ 2:19 pm

maybe we’ll get a grad transfer or 2 who are forwards …. but yes indeed, we will be very thin in the frontcourt next year … embarrassingly thin

Comment by wbb 10.26.16 @ 2:20 pm

Stallings plan with all the Guard recruits, is to go to the 4 Corner Offense.

Phil Ford will be hired as the Top Asst.

Comment by Emel 10.26.16 @ 2:21 pm

BTW, Reeves’ high school coach claims he is a real good BB player also .. maybe baldy can use him

Comment by wbb 10.26.16 @ 2:22 pm

I think one of the taller D-Linemen Nard Dog recruited from Ohio last year was also supposed to be a all-Conf bball player.

Baldy should check on him too !

Comment by Emel 10.26.16 @ 3:12 pm

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