Pitt pitched a gem to beat Miami and hand the No. 2 team its first loss of the season. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Final Score: Pitt 24, Miami 14
Prediction: Miami 30, Pitt 17
Line: Miami -14, o/u: 50
Relax, Miami. You’re still okay. Win the ACC Championship. Go 11-1, and you’re still in.
What this loss to Pitt does it kill the idea of two ACC teams getting in. That’s not happening now – Clemson or Miami will be out.
And making things worse for the ACC, if South Carolina beats Clemson, and Clemson beats Miami, the league could go from talking about two teams being in to none.
Miami’s average offense finally came into play. Malik Rosier finally came up with a big pass play late, the running game was non-existent, and the defense couldn’t pick up the slack. And that has been the Miami argument …
What was going to happen if the Canes didn’t feed off of turnovers? The D got the one forced fumble, but it gave it away twice. Miami needs the defense to dominate and force a whole slew of errors. It didn’t, Pitt owned third downs and the time of possession, and it pulled off the upset.
Early game, funky Friday, fired up home team treating this like a bowl game. It was all there for Pitt to pull this off. Controlling the clock for 36:30, playing with no fear, and doing everything right – that’s what led to the win.
Well hello, Kenny Pickett. The Pitt freshman goes down in program history with an 18-of-29, 193-yard, one score, 60-rushing yard, two TD game. A guy in his first big moment and start just beat the No. 2 team in the nation.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
Now that the idea of two ACC teams getting in is over, that opens it up.
The Pac-12 is screwed because of Notre Dame – USC won’t get in over the Irish – but everyone else now has a race to the conference title game.
Basically, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC – win your conference championship. Unless you’re Alabama.
Now, the idea of a one-loss Bama getting in – either with a loss to Auburn, or in the SEC Championship – might be more of a possibility. However, if the Crimson Tide roll through Auburn and beat Georgia, that’s it. The SEC is getting one team in.
This helps the overall cause and case for a two-loss TCU, if it beats Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship.
This might help the idea of a 12-1 Wisconsin gets in if it gacks against Minnesota, and it held Ohio State in a huge way. Now, beat Michigan and roll by Wisconsin, Buckeyes, and you’re right on the doorstep.
So now, if you’re outside of the SEC, start rooting for Alabama. You got the Miami loss you needed, and now the puzzle pieces are starting to fall for everyone else.