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Pitt-UCF Monday Morning Aftermath: Time to Right the Ship?

Pitt-UCF Monday Morning Aftermath: Time to Right the Ship?

UCF 45 – Pitt 14

Pitt was throttled by the National Champion UCF Knights, who came into the game with the nation’s longest winning streak and left it with said streak never seriously threatened. The Panthers offense was particularly anemic, not scoring until well into garbage time–the first points were scored by the special teams on a nifty punt return by Rafael Araujo-Lopes. The defense struggled, albeit against a Heisman candidate in quarterback McKenzie Milton, and had two interceptions wiped out by penalties.

TribLive: Three reasons Pitt is getting blown out

AP: Milton would have Narduzzi’s Heisman vote

Pitt News: Three takeaways

Batko: Goals not changing for Panthers after loss

UCF fans and media are really touchy about not being in a so-called “Power 5” conference.

Syracuse opens up as favorite to beat Pitt

The Panthers are down to 79th in the latest ESPN Football Power Index, lowest in the ACC and in the bottom five for Power 5 conference teams (they’re ahead of Rutgers, Oregon State, Illinois and Nebraska).

In the S&P+ rankings by Football Outsiders, Pitt checks in at 85th, 10 spots down from last week, but still ahead of fellow ACC schools UNC and Louisville.

If you’re noticing a dearth of columns from the media about Pitt football right now, you’re probably not wrong. The Panthers seem to have been pretty much forgotten about with the Steelers season in high gear, the Penguins starting up soon and of course, the uninspiring 2-3 start to the season.

The good news is the Panthers are still 1-1 in the ACC, with plenty of time to right the ship. The bad news is the Panthers are going to have to play a lot better or it’s going to be another long season full of malaise.

ACC Beat

It looks like this year’s ACC is as top heavy as it gets, with #4 Clemson and #17 Miami the only standouts … Virginia Tech (#23) and NC State (#24) are now ranked … Syracuse, Duke and Boston College received a few votes in the latest AP Top 25.

  • Clemson survives Syracuse, 27-23
  • Miami rolls UNC 47-10
  • Boston College beats Temple 45-35
  • NC State over Virginia 35-21
  • Wake Forest demolishes Rice 56-24
  • Florida State makes last second comeback to beat Louisville 28-24
  • Virginia Tech takes out Duke 31-14
  • Georgia Tech regains its footing with a 63-17 destruction of Bowling Green

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