2019 Football Preview – ACC- Panthers
Looking for 2019 Pitt Panthers predictions? Pitt played in the ACC Championship Game a year ago. They might not challenged Clemson all that much but they were in the game and would not be a shock to get back there, if they can figure a few things out.
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Head Coach: Pat Narduzzi
2018 Record: 7-7
Pitt Panthers Odds to win the 2019 FBS Championship: 2000/1
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Pitt is not the favourite to return to the ACC title game from their division but nobody was expecting that last year either. They should be solid.
2019 Pitt Panthers Predictions: Team Strengths
Should Be Able to Cover: These days more and more teams are pass first. That might not be the Pitt strategy but you generally have to be able to cover to win the 2019.
The Pitt secondary should be the strongest unit on the team featuring a couple of seniors S Damar Hamlin and CB Dane Jackson.
Jackson was honorable mention last season after leading the team in pass break ups and forced fumbles.
Hamlin led the team in tackles and interceptions. The rest of the unit is experienced too.
D Line Too: Similar to the secondary the defensive line is full of solid returning players.
The best among them is Rashad Weaver. He will play on Sundays and last season led the team in tackles for loss and sacks.
Pitt is not recruiting 5 star talent but Narduzzi is getting good at getting these guys to improve over time. They will not get pushed around up front.
2019 Pitt Panthers Irish Predictions: Team Weaknesses
You gotta have a QB: Last year the Panthers were a strong running team, they actually had two 1000+ yard rushers, both now departed.
That was in part because they had to be. Kenny Pickett had his moments late in the season but most of the year he just could not get anything going throwing the ball. There are not a lot of reasons to expect that to change much this year either.
This season they are going to want more balance to compete and will need it to because the running game is unlikely to be as strong.
Making it even more challenging is that they are turning over one of the best offensive lines in football too.
Only one starter returns from a group that was up for Joe Moore Award. I didn’t even know it was a thing but apparently they award to the line as a whole. Anyways, that group is being really turned over.
It is hard to know yet when our how they will gel and will they be able to run or pass effectively enough for one of those units to thrive. This was the strongest unit on the team a year ago.
Pitt Panthers Prediction: 7-5
This is an OK schedule…the Panthers are not great though so it won’t be easy, a lot of coin flip games.
The non conference is mostly tough, they are at Penn State and home to UCF. Those are likely both losses. Delaware looks like a gimme.
They are starting the season with an ACC game against Virginia. It means they have to be ready from the get go and Virginia is coming off a solid season too.
They avoid Clemson so none of their ACC games are guaranteed losses but they actually beat the Tigers a couple of seasons ago. ACC is likely to have a lot of teams with 3-6 losses and the Panthers will be right in there.
2019 Pitt Panthers Football Schedule
Date Time vs
- 8/31/19 7:30 PM ET UVA
- 9/7/19 TBD OHIO
- 9/14/19 TBD @PSU
- 9/21/19 TBD UCF
- 9/28/19 TBD DEL
- 10/5/19 TBD @DUKE
- 10/18/19 TBD @SYR
- 10/26/19 TBD MIA
- 11/2/19 TBD @GT
- 11/14/19 TBD UNC
- 11/23/19 TBD @VT
- 11/30/19 TBD BC
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