The ACC Coastal is having a down year.
Currently, there’s not a single ranked team in the coastal. Amazingly, the entire ACC only has two teams in the AP Top 25, Clemson the de facto #2 in the nation and NC State at #22, who just got destroyed by the aforementioned Clemson.
No Miami, no Virginia Tech, no Florida State.
If there was ever a year for Pitt to make a run, this would be it.
The Panthers are slated to take on Duke this Saturday at Heinz Field followed by a game at Virginia, home versus Virginia Tech, at Wake Forest and at Miami.
Duke has struggled since briefly appearing in the top 25, losing at home to Virginia this past weekend.
It’s not a must win. But it’s pretty close.
Virginia is 3-1 in the ACC with wins over Louisville, Miami and Duke and have been getting votes for the AP Top 25.
Virginia Tech has played lots of uninspired football this year, losing to Old Dominion and getting blown out by Notre Dame at home. But it’s still Virginia Tech and it’s an ACC Coastal game.
After the three Coastal division games comes a road trip to Wake Forest to take on a Demon Deacon squad that has seriously under-performed expectations.
The regular season ends in Miami, a place where Pitt has exactly one win since 1970.
Do you see 3 wins in there for the Panthers? It’s not exactly murderers row. But ESPN doesn’t. Their FPI has the Panthers at under 50% win probability for every game and only Wake Forest (76) is ranked lower than Pitt (69).
Are you bearish or bullish on the Panthers’ chances of getting back to a bowl game this year? This week it’s an easy one: yes or no.