Let’s talk about the offense.
In 2019 the Pitt Panthers have scored 20.1 points per game, 115th in the country. Last season they scored 25.6 points per game and were 94th in the country. Their offensive coordinator lost his job because of it. The Panthers have the 117th ranked offense in SP+. Only Northwestern and Rutgers are worse among Power 5 schools. Georgia Tech, who are one year removed from completely changing their entire offensive philosophy and ditching the triple option are ranked higher.
Mark Whipple isn’t getting fired. But something is going to have to change in 2020.
Even with one the top defenses in the nation (#19 in FPI, #11 in SP+) the Panthers were arguably worse in 2019 than 2018. A point which was driven home with a very sad loss to Boston College at home on Senior Day.
The Panthers outgained B.C. 394-387, and were well disciplined, but had four turnovers to none for the Eagles. The defeat dropped the Panthers to 7-5, the same record as last season at the culmination of the regular season. A bowl game remains, but the excitement is long gone.
To add insult to injury, Boston College fired Addazio after the WIN.
THE FINAL SCORE
THE PUNDITS SPEAK
- Saunders: 5 Takeaways: the curse of expectations
- Poll: how do you feel about Pat Narduzzi right now?
- DiPaola: Hope has been replaced by stagnation
- Gorman: Season ends the way it started for the Panthers
- Addazio’s final press conference as Boston College coach
- Twitter reaction to the loss
THE NUMBERS SAY…
The Panthers are going to close out the regular season as the 56th ranked team in the country according to Bill Connelly’s SP+. The numbers always doubted Pitt, even as they crept close to the Top 25. It now seems like they were right all along.
In ESPN’s FPI, the Panthers are down to 63rd. They finished last season ranked 36th. In 2017 they finished 52nd if you want to feel even worse about this year’s team.
In CBS Sports’ Top 130, the Panthers are 43rd.
No votes in the coaches or AP Top 25.
A bowl game. Possibly against Michigan State in the Pinstripe Bowl?
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Virginia completes the ACC Coastal circle of chaos by becoming the 7th champion in its 7th year of existence. They now have the honor of beating crushed by Clemson in the title game.
Clemson 38 – South Carolina 3
Kentucky 45 – Louisville 13
Georgia 52 – Georgia Tech 7
Syracuse 39 – Wake Forest 30
Duke 27 – Miami 17
North Carolina 41 – NC State 10
Florida 40 – Florida State 17
Virginia 39 – Virginia Tech 30
ONE FOR THE ROAD
The Coastal Chaos is complete.
Seven years, all seven teams have won the division.
2016 Virginia Tech
2015 North Carolina
2014 Georgia Tech
Congrats to Virginia!
— Bryan Ives (@awaytoworthy) November 29, 2019