Why Pitt Will Win The Hyundai Bowl
– No, seriously. It’s time to get that running thing going again. Breathtaking at times over the first half of the season, the Panthers were incredible for a stretch with 484 yards against Duke and 492 against Virginia Tech, hitting home run after home run in the key victories.
Miami’s defensive line stuffed everything in a win, UCF didn’t led the O go anywhere, and Notre Dame held the attack to just 116 yards. Few teams on the schedule tried to pound away on the Cardinal, but Notre Dame and Utah did on the way to wins. Washington ground out 177 yards in its win. Get to around 175 rushing yards, and Stanford is in trouble. Pitt averages 230 per game.
– Stanford was shockingly awful at running the ball, and now it doesn’t have Bryce Love around. the Cardinal leading rusher is getting protecting his investment for the NFL, and that’s a problem. With the time off, he finally would’ve been healthy enough to provide some pop to a ground game that’s done next to nothing, finishing with just 130 yards and averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Pitt’s run defense is soft – no worries in El Paso.
– If you want to place a friendly wager on which team will get a kick six this bowl season, go with Pitt. Maurice Ffrench averaged over 27 yards per pop with two touchdowns in an all-star season, and now he gets to roll against the nation’s statistically-worst kick coverage team. To be fair, Stanford only allowed five returns on the season – the 33.2-yard-per-return stat is skewed – but Ffench really is is a weapon.