North Carolina 38 – Pitt 35
Pitt’s ACC title hopes took a big hit following a sixth consecutive loss to North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels came into the game 0-2 with a backup quarterback and a plethora of suspensions. But a week after shutting down Georgia Tech and injecting some back life into the fan base, the Panthers squandered a chance to go 2-0 in the ACC by allowing UNC to rack up 486 yards of offense and 38 points in what ended up being just another variation of the same story.
- Pitt’s leaky defense
- Alan’s postgame
- Vukovcan: Is Pat Narduzzi the right man for the job?
- Pitt Panther Talk: UNC loss fallout, fan base losing hope?
- Alan’s five takeaways
Pat Narduzzi is 0-4 vs North Carolina since taking over at Pitt
North Carolina is 2-13 in their last 15 games against major-conference opponents, and both victories have come against Pitt. pic.twitter.com/k48Qnf3teq
— Chase Williams (@chasepwilliams) September 22, 2018
Anson Whaley: UNC loss just the latest misstep under Narduzzi
News & Observer: Nathan Elliott “nearly flawless”
Pitt News: Three takeaways
Batko: Back to the drawing board?
Pitt's first and second half splits through four games this season. The defensive difference isn't as bad — in some ways, it's actually better — but the contrast with the offense is unsightly pic.twitter.com/Audk92HQ4p
— Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) September 23, 2018
Pitt clocks in at #69 on ESPN’s FPI rankings, three spots ahead of the last ranked ACC team, Louisville.
Pitt’s falls to 75th in the S&P+ rankings, down 13 spots from the previous week. The rankings have Pitt’s offense at 40th, defense at 94th and special teams at 115th.
Pitt’s next opponent? A road date with “National Champion” Central Florida, which is up to #13 in the country.
Next up: Pitt 🐾 at 3:30PM in the Bounce House on Saturday ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/jNSj5YRjv0
— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) September 23, 2018
Other than Clemson–and maybe Miami–the ACC looks like it’s having an off year. However, Duke is ranked #22 in the latest AP Poll and Syracuse and North Carolina State are hovering near the Top 25. Previously ranked Boston College got blown out by 0-3 Purdue and Virginia Tech lost to Old Dominion, a team that started their football program less than a decade ago, and dismissed star DE Trevon Hill.
- Florida State 37 – Northern Illinois 19
- Clemson 49 – Georgia Tech 21
- Miami 31 – FIU 17
- Duke 55 – NC Central 13
- Syracuse 51 – UConn 21
- NC State 37 – Marshall 20
- Virginia 27 – Louisville 3
- Old Dominion 49 – Virginia Tech 35