By Paul Sykes
Noon in the Pizza Oven.
I promise not to say anything bad about noon kickoffs ever again. It’s almost starting to have a melodic ring to it.
Wasn’t too long ago that most Big East football prognosticators were trying to decide whether West Virginia or Pittsburgh were the best team in the Big East. Fast forward to mid-November and both squads reeling from two conference losses, University of Louisville and Cincinnati atop the conference standings.
Take Pittsburgh star running back Ray Graham out of the Panther equation and you have a beat-up, demoralized and confused Pittsburgh football team that comes to Louisville Saturday to become bowl eligible.
At least one Panther player will have a sense of familiarity with Floyd Street. That’d be Pitt QB quarterback Tino Sunseri, who was headed to ‘da Ville’ to play before he saw what the Kragthorpe effect was having on Louisville football. He now heads a team that has lost three out of their last four. Sometimes the more things change, they seem the same.
Without Graham, looks like it might be another pass-fest from the opponent on 11/12/11. With one major difference. Tino Sunseri is no Geno Smith. Louisville’s offense keeps rolling, the Cards defense gets a few more sacks, picks and fumbles and the Panthers crawl back to the Pennsylvania woods on the short end of a 31-14 score.