Pitt Prediction: What’s Going To Happen
This will be one of the ACC’s most interesting teams. No one will predict much, no one will think it can challenge for the Coastal, and no one will think it can beat Miami again or push past Virginia Tech.
But watch out.
If Kenny Pickett is the real deal at quarterback, and if the O line can give him time to operate, the Panthers should be more consistent and more explosive after only scoring 287 points – the 2016 team scored 532.
The biggest difference should be a defense that improved by leaps and bounds last season, and has the talent to do even more. It’s a veteran crew that’s been building for the last few seasons, and now there’s depth and star power.
It’s a bit much to expect a division title, but Virginia Tech does have to come to Pittsburgh, and the rest of the ACC slate isn’t all that brutal. At the very least, this should be a bowl bound team.
Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 5.5
As long as the Panthers load up early on wins, they should be okay.
There’s no Clemson, Florida State, NC State or Louisville from the Atlantic side. Start from there, enjoy that massive break, and everything else isn’t all that bad.
Yeah, the revenge game at Miami to end the regular season is a problem, and going to UCF, Notre Dame and Wake Forest won’t be easy, and dealing with Penn State isn’t fun, but Pitt is good enough to win at least two of those. It might have to with Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech to deal with at home.
There’s enough talent in place to get to at least six wins, but the end of the regular season – Virginia Tech, at Wake Forest, at Miami – is going to drop like a hammer.