By Paul Sykes
If watching a defense get to the quarterback is your thing, you gotta love watching the Pittsburgh Panthers play. In four games this year theyâ€™ve dumped the quarterback 16 times. The 3-1 Panthers have a ferocious front four that loves to come full speed at passers in the pocket.
'Iâ€™m going out on a limb here and picking the Cards to win their first game in way too long against a D-1 opponent. Make it Louisville 31, Pittsburgh 28.'
The rest of the Panthers defense, however, could use a lot of work. 500 yards given up to the University of Buffalo. They gave up 38 points in a surrender to North Carolina State, a team that couldnâ€™t find the end zone against Steve Spurrier led South Carolina.
For those of us who braved the disaster at Heinz Field last year and sat in shock and disgust as the Panthers rolled up the score on the University of Louisville football team, it’s a matter of U of L needing to move the ball against this Big East foe. It is also mandated that they put the clamps on running back Dion Lewis, who has rushed for 493 yards and 7 touchdowns this season.
Pitt was a prelude to the Rutgers disaster last year butÂ keep in mind that the Cardinal defense was shorthanded against both Pitt and Rutgers. With more numbers and less injuries , plus a game in front of a Papa Johnâ€™s Cardinal Stadium crowd, the Cards should fare better against Dave Wannstadtâ€™s crew.
Iâ€™m going out on a limb here and picking the Cards to win their first game in way too long against a D-1 opponent. Make it Louisville 31, Pittsburgh 28.
So, you think Iâ€™m daft? Well, share with me your insights and your predictions.