PITTSBURGH Off – 6/3 Def – 4/1 36 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: A DOOZEY SURPRISE
It’s hard to imagine that Pat Narduzzi’s defense was the No. 119 team in the nation in red zone defense in 2016. To top it off, the architect and former DC from Michigan State’s most recent glory days, was also hit hard in the NFL Draft when he lost five starters, including QB Nathan Peterman (Bills), and RB James Conner (Steelers) among others. In all, over 50% of the starts made for the Panthers last season were by seniors. Despite it all, Pitt was the only team to defeat two opponents ranked in the Top 5 of the final College Football Playoff rankings. With no back-to-back road games, expect that to be enough to build on.
STAT YOU WILL LIKE: All of Pitt’s 10 losses under Narduzzi have occurred versus bowl teams that went 98-37 combined on the season.
PLAY AGAINST: vs. Virginia (10/28)
This season we present a Power Play Preview on each team from a Power 5 conference. These plays are extracted from the 2017 Playbook Football Preview Guide magazine.
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