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Syracuse (4-7) at Pitt (7-4) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Game Time: 12:30 pm
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Bowl and Conference Implications
Pitt is already bowl eligible, but with a win it could finish tied for second in the Coastal. Syracuse is out of the bowl hunt, but it can potentially finish fifth in the Atlantic with a win and a NC State loss.
What’s Going To Happen?
The Syracuse offense just hasn’t been the same since getting ripped apart by Clemson and losing QB Eric Dungey to an apparent concussion. It was going to be a tough stretch no matter what, but with three straight losses, the bowl hopes are gone, and now this is the last chance to come up with something fun to take into the offseason.
4-8 looks different than 5-7.
The defense has been an issue all season long – with a few notable exceptions – but the offense has shown promise and hope with lots and lots of passing yards.
Without Dungey, the Orange offense is sputtering a bit too much, and that’s not okay considering the defense continues to be awful.
But the Pitt defense has been a disaster, too, especially against anyone who can throw.
Everyone’s getting fat off the Panther secondary that’s the second-worst in the nation in yards allowed, but is managing to get by because the offense is picking up the slack.
Can Zack Mahoney take advantage of the Pitt corners that get stuck on an island? He’s been okay in place of Dungey, but he’s also giving away too many picks. If he can bomb away and keep bombing, the Orange might have a shot.
And it’ll need to with the run defense about to get ripped to shreds.
It’s James Connor’s final regular season game for the Panthers, and he’s going to be fed the ball early and often. With three 100-yard rushing games in the last four, he’s 55 yards away from a 1,000-yard season – he might get that on the opening drive in a blowout Panther win.
Syracuse at Pitt Prediction
Pitt 44, Syracuse 23
Pitt -24.5, o/u: 67.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Store bought anything – 1: Homemade anything … 2.5
Must See Rating: 5: NFL kickers attempting extra points – 1: Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love … 3