Fearless Picks - Pitt

Our prognosticators have a Backyard Brawl of their own going as the race to be champion picker (of what, we won't say) comes down to the wire.


Last Wk: W
Season 6-3

I am so ready for this game that I can barely sit in one place long enough to make my pick. The excitement in recent weeks has taken me back to my younger days as a Mountaineer fan in the late eighties and the early nineties. The same feel in the air is finally back, after going AWOL in recent years. Just take a walk around Morgantown, and it is clear that Rich Rodriguez has this program back on the right track and ready to explode. The electricity at Mountaineer Field this weekend will rival the voltage it takes to light Clark Griswald's Christmas display, as more than 65,000 fans in gold and blue fill Mountaineer Field for the Backyard Brawl. This one will be a shootout with West Virginia's infantry getting the job done on the ground and Pitt doing the damage with a full speed air assault. WVU will throw in a couple of big blows through the air as well, but Quincy will emerge as the hero after netting more than 150 yards on the ground. Morgantown will explode and Walt Harris will make more excuses than a cheating husband as the Mountaineers make a push toward the Big East title. WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 8-1

The Panthers come into Morgantown on a roll, with an undefeated conference record, off of last week's win over previous Mountaineer victim Virginia Tech. Larry Fitzgerald holds the NCAA record for consecutive games with a receiving touchdown, and Rod Rutherford is emerging as a big time dual threat. Brandon Miree, who has missed the better part of the season, may also be back for Pitt. The Mountaineers are on a roll of their own. Sporting a four game winning streak, the Mountaineers can pull into a tie for first place in the final season of the original Big East football conference. Despite beating Tech last week, Pitt's defense was run through, over and around by the Hokie rushing attack that the Mountaineers held in check all day. Look for Quincy Wilson and Kay Jay Harris to continue that trend. Fitzgerald gets his score, but Chris Henry gets two. WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 6-3

Both teams are riding four game winning streaks which included a victory over Virginia Tech. Both teams are vying for the Big East championship and both teams have a chance at a major bowl game. Unfortunately for the Panthers, both teams cannot win this game. The Mountaineers will use the 7:00 pm starting time and a hyped up crowd to win this year's edition of the Backyard Brawl in overtime. WVU

Last Wk: L
Season 5-4

Pitt comes into Morgantown with an excellent passing game and the top aerial duo in college football in Rutherford to Fitzgerald. WVU comes into the game with one of the top rushing squads in the nation. WVU will attempt to control the clock and game by running on a Panther defense that has given up huge chunks of yardage this season. If Jeff Berk can't go, or isn't effective, it will certainly hurt WVU's effectiveness in the running game. However, at home, in front of a national TV audience, and a share for first place in the Big East on the line, look for Mountaineers to get it done. It won't be easy, but the call from here says... WVU

Last Wk: W
Season 5-4

For about a week this summer, I felt some brotherhood towards the Pitt program. They, like us, remained loyal to the Big East, and if we weren't going to win the conference, I wouldn't have minded if it was them. Of course, all that's history, and I've spent my week spreading made-up rumors about the habits of Walt Harris.

Saturday is all about Quincy. He will run, he will score, and he will run some more. Throw in an interception or two by Brian King, Pac Man's good for at least a touchdown, and Chris Henry's going to get loose for a score or two... and this feels like a romp.


Last Wk: W
Season 8-1

The focus will be on the WVU running game and the Pitt aerial attack, but it could come down to which does the other well – can the Panthers establish a consistent rushing effort, or will WVU hit some big pass plays? This Brawl has the potential to be just as close as last year's. WVU pulled that one out and certainly could this year as well, but Pitt has more big play weapons, and that gives it a slim edge. Pitt

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