Panthers travel to South Bend to face Notre Dame

Panthers travel to South Bend, IN

Pitt takes on 0-3 Notre Dame Saturday, this will be the first time these two schools have played since the two played the final game at Pitt stadium in 1999, which Pitt won 37-27.  Although Notre Dame is 0-3, they lost to three very good teams in Nebraska, Michigan ST and Texas A&M. Notre Dame returns 15 starters from last year and are led on offense by an excellent one-two punch of Tony Fisher and Julius Jones. These two talented running backs run behind a veteran offensive line that returns 3 starters from a year ago.

On defense, the Irish are led by defensive lineman Anthony Weaver and Grant Irons. Sophomore Matt Lovecchio was the starting QB this season but was beat out by Sophomore Carlyle Holiday who was knocked out of the Texas A&M game with a sprained neck. To let you know what kind of talent Notre Dame does have though, their last recruiting class consisted of 3 Parade all-Americans, 1 USA Today all-American, and 4 players on the top 100 national lists. This is the first time in school history that Notre Dame has started 0-3.

Pitt enters the game with a 1-2 record and in badly need of a victory. The key to the game for Pitt is to try and get its offense going as they have struggled badly with a newly installed spread offensive system. The offense has looked mostly confused and has put an extreme amount of pressure on the defense with turnovers and to many 3 and out series. Notre Dame leads the series all-time with a 40-17-1 advantage, with the first game dating back to 1909.

 

Prediction:

Although I feel Pitt could win this game, I still do not think the offense will be able to get its act together yet, and Notre Dame still has to much talent and experience for the Panthers.

 

Final score, Notre Dame 24 – Pitt 17


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