Pitt vs. Albany Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

Pitt vs. Albany Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Pitt vs. Albany Fearless Prediction, Game Preview


Pitt vs. Albany fearless prediction and game preview.


Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Network: ACC Network

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Pitt (0-0) vs. Albany (0-0) Game Preview

Albany is coming off a 4-7 season with a few new coordinators and just enough good returning parts to expect a solid year. However, this is scrimmage time for Pitt as it prepares for the showdown against Penn State.

The Panthers need to be sharp from the start, with this being a big season for the coaching staff and the program after a strange and disappointing losing season. The talent is there to at least go bowling, but the program needs to turn a corner and start being more of a player in the ACC race.

That’s what this game is for.

One Reason Why Albany Will Win

The Great Danes had a nice defense last season – especially against the run – but the offense sputtered and struggled. This time around, the offense should be able to help the cause a little bit more.

The backfield has some good pieces – starting with powerful RB Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, who missed almost all of last year with a knee injury – and Donovan McDonald is a dangerous target and return man who can stretch the field.

If they can get on the board early, and if the defense can be the Albany defense – albeit against a team with a whole other level of talent – this might be a battle.

One Reason Why Pitt Will Win

Even with the improved offense, Albany has miles to go to be merely okay.

Nine starters are back on the Panther defense, and for a secondary that’s had so many problems at times in the Pat Narduzzi era, there won’t be any issues against a passing game that won’t hit on too many deep plays.

Go on a few early scoring drives, balance out the attack a bit to get everything working, and everything should be okay for the Panthers. The Great Danes won’t have the ability to mount any sort of a comeback.

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What’s Going To Happen

Even against a strong FCS defense, this will be the Pitt offense that looks like it could be a thing.

Kenny Pickett will look like the quarterback who can carry the Panthers to a good season, and the young receivers will emerge early on.

They’ll get up to a quick 14-0 lead and coast from there. However, sort of like the 28-21 win over Youngstown State to open up last year, and the 28-7 win over Villanova to kick off 2016, this won’t be an ugly blowout.

Fearless Prediction & Line

Pitt 31, Albany 10
Line: No Line, o/u: No Line

Must See Rating: 1.5

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