Pitt Analysis: Low-Scoring Game Seems Likely

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Kenny Pickett is dangerous, but flawed. (Ivan Morozov)

For the second week in a row, Tech plays a team that stomped them last year. Similar to Georgia Tech, Pitt is undergoing a transformation in identity. Unlike GT, though, Pitt has played better this year, beating a good UCF team and nearly taking out Penn State. Hate him or really hate him, Pat Narduzzi has this team playing fairly well. They remind me of a more cohesive Miami—there’s knuckleheads and penalties aplenty, the offense is mercurial, and they look like a CFP team one week and a G5 leftover the next. Unlike Miami, they’re steady at QB and disciplined from front to secondary on defense.


If it weren’t for Georgia Tech, the transition Pitt’s undergone on offense would be the most dramatic the Hokies have encountered this season. Narduzzi kicked his last OC to the curb and brought in Mark Whipple, a northeastern guy who was in Miami for Randy Shannon’s last gasp, and around that coached at small schools and in the NFL. Gone is the run-first, grinding approach that looked like Wisconsin-east, and in its place is a pass-happy offense.

Don’t come in expecting Air Raid or the Hokies’ own spread-option game. This is more of a pro-style offense, with play-action, under-center calls, and an approach that favors a conservative