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Pitt-Virginia Tech Monday Morning Aftermath: 1 is the Magic Number



Pitt 52 – Virginia Tech 22

This is not the Pitt football team that fans have been programmed to expect. Facing a winnable game at home, as favorites, with bowl eligibility and an opportunity to put the ACC Coastal in a choke-hold on the line, the Panthers didn’t just win, they obliterated the Hokies. Any lingering fears of a possible collapse were put to bed after Qadree Ollison stiff-armed VT defensive back Caleb Farley into the Heinz Field turf en route to the longest touchdown run in Panthers history.

The domination was complete and utter. Pitt ground the Hokies for 421 rushing yards, a school record 654 total yards of offense and racked up 52 points.

Now the magic number is down to one. One more Pitt victory or one more loss by Virginia and the Panthers will be able to schedule a December 1st date in Charlotte with the #2 Clemson Tigers for the ACC Championship.

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The computers continue to disrespect the Panthers, who are now receiving votes in the both the AP and Coaches polls. ESPN’s FPI has Pitt at only #53, despite having the 15th most efficient offense in the nation. Pitt is now slightly favored to beat Wake Forest (52.1%). In Football Outsiders S&P+ rankings, Pitt moves up 9 spots, but is still way down at #62, behind a bunch of teams that it has beaten.

Bleacher Report has Pitt amongst it’s big winners of the week.

Pitt’s domination put into numbers: the Panthers 13.9 yard per play was the largest versus an FBS team in the last 14 years.

More domination: The Panthers averaged 8.9 more yards per play than VT, which is the second highest versus an FBS team in the past 14 years.

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Virginia had a rare late season non-conference game, they have to win out (at Georgia Tech next week and at Virginia Tech the following week), plus have Pitt lose to Wake Forest and Miami in order to win the ACC Coastal … Clemson was not tested by Boston College and secured the Atlantic Division crown … Louisville fired Bobby Petrino … Wake Forest upset #14 NC State at home. They’ll be looking to play spoiler again as Pitt comes to town this week.

  • Duke 42 – UNC 35
  • Virginia 45 – Liberty 24
  • Georgia Tech 27 – Miami 21
  • Notre Dame 42 – Florida State 13
  • Clemson 27 – Boston College 7
  • Syracuse 54 – Louisville 23
  • Wake Forest 27 – NC State 23

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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