Head to head: Navy vs. Pittsburgh

Next up for Navy is Pittsburgh. Today GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and Pittsburgh and indicates which team has the edge.

Navy
AREA
Pittsburgh
COMMENTS
X  
Navy rushing offense
vs.
Pittsburgh rushing defense
 
Navy had over 500 yards rushing against Ball State and averaged 348 yards a game. Pittsburgh surrenders a not-too-bad shabby 111 yards a game.  
 
Navy passing offense
vs.
Pittsburgh passing defense
X  
Navy doesn't pass much and averages just under 100 yards passing per game. Shun White is the Mids receiving leader with just 5 catches on the season. Pitt is No. 5 nationally in pass defense efficiency.  
E  
Pittsburgh rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
E  
Even. Navy gives up 172 yards a game rushing and Pitt gains about 127. No big disparity. The Panthers top rusher is LeSean McCoy who averages about 100 yards rushing per game. He gained 172 in Pitt's game against Michigan State.  
E  
Pittsburgh passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
E  
Even. Pitt gains about 188 yards a game through the air. Quarterback Kevan Smith saw action in the first four games but did not play in Pitt's recent 44-14 loss to Virginia. Pat Bostick played quaterback in that game completing 18-31 passes for 181 yards, 1 interception and 1 touchdown.  
 
Special Teams
X  
Pittsburgh has significantly better special teams numbers in net punting, punt returns and kickoff returns. Pitt kicker Conor Lee has made 6 of 7 field goals so far this season.  
X  
Coaching
 
Paul Johnson has never coached in the NFL but he's a superior coach to Pitt's Dave Wannstedt. The Panthers have been in a downward spiral since two opening wins against weak opponents. Wannstedt's teams have shown no improvement since his arrival.  

Prediction:

Navy 35
Pittsburgh 24


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