The 2018 Pitt football season kicks off tomorrow at Heinz Field as the Panthers take on the Albany Great Danes.
It’s the only game on Pitt’s schedule that ESPN’s FPI (football power index) gives the team a greater than 60% chance of winning. In fact, the FPI has the Panthers as favorites in only three games all season: versus Albany on Saturday, versus Syracuse in October and at Virginia, November 2nd.
While most national media sources have the Panthers fairing better than ESPN’s FPI, it’s still a harrowing reminder of what the Panthers face with one of the toughest schedules in the country.
Fans seem to be slightly more bullish thanks to the emergence of Kenny Pickett, who has impressed this spring after his breakout in last year’s upset win over Miami. And there are plenty of local media members who think the Panthers should at least make it back to a bowl game.
Whoever you subscribe to, this season is an important one for Pitt and Pat Narduzzi after last year’s disappointing 5-7.
So what would make it a successful season? Do the Panthers have to improve on last year’s win total, or just beat Penn State? Do they need to surpass Pat Narduzzi’s high-water mark of eight total wins or just make a bowl game? Does your vote take into account Pitt’s difficult schedule, or is it time to just win, baby?