Sunday, December 8, 2013

Pitt vs. Bowling Green in Little Caesars Bowl

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN Pitt barely squeaked in and got a bowl game, and they will play MAC champion Bowling Green in Detroit on December 26th.  The Falcons are 10-3 on the season and recently beat previously undefeated Northern Illinois in the MAC championship game, 47-27.  Their three losses came at Indiana in the first game of the season, 42-20, at Mississippi State 21-20, and at home to Toledo 28-25.  They've won their last five games.

The Falcons are led by former Bishop McDevitt quarterback Matt Johnson, who has already gone to twitter seeking revenge for Pitt not taking him because of his height. Johnson threw for 393 yards and 5 touchdowns against then No. 14 Northern Illinois.  On the season he has thrown for 3,195 yards and 23 touchdowns.  Running back Travis Greene ran for 133 yards against Northern Illinois to give him 1,555 yards on the season.

Bowling Green is also No. 23 in total offense, No.1 in time of possession, No. 8 in total defense, No. 5 in scoring defense, No. 2 in red zone defense, No.4 in pass defense, and No. 9 in punt returns.

21 comments:

  1. Matt Johnson meet Aaron Donald.
    Can't wait until Donald sacks the big mouth with little man syndrome.
    2 players in high school that coaches felt weren't tall enough. Donald clearly overcame it.

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  2. Sounds like another humiliation like last year? At least it's more practice for the ypiger players

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  3. Basically Brett McMurphy is the only source, though? I don't see how this lower bowl has made their selections before the others take their picks. As an at-large bowl eligible team, we could be invited a number of different places.

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  4. So a trip to lovely Detroit and a more than 50/50 potential of an embarassing loss against a MAC team in Bowling Green

    Yea, what a reward

    But that is what a mediocre 6-6 season gets you

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  5. Chris, how does BG offense line stack up against AD?

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  6. If this is our bowl, it really isn't a slam dunk .. plus, a L will look much worse than a W. Expect our guys to play hard and bring it home. Hail to Pitt !

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  7. Extra practice time for last year's bowl game did very little for this team and staff this season. It was the same old of coaches making bad decisions and players not stepping up and making plays that were there to be made.

    Pitt's O will need to score lots of points.

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    1. The extra practice to go to a bogus bowl game is "overrated".
      Better off staying home versus the potential of getting embarrassed by a MAC team. If Pitt wins a close one, that would be embarrassing also.
      How does this help recruiting? How does any player or recruit get excited to go to Detroit to play a MAC team.

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  8. It is depressing to be playing a non-BCS team, but at least it is the MAC champion. I'm sure BG will be favored and more motivated. I see this ranging anywhere from a close Pitt win to a BG blowout win.

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    1. As a lifelong Pitt fan and realist... the Panthers will be led to the slaughter. This defense is deplorable against talent. BG 45 Pitt 24.

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  9. The bgsu d coordinator is the guy pitt interviewed that I hoped they would hire. Do we finally add wrinkles and creativity to our offense or do we contine to run the same 4 formations and 9 plays? I hope the staff watches some Stanford game film this offseason as a prostyle can work and can be fun to watch as well as tough to defend of runlike the way Stanford does. Henry to wvu today is the rumor. A sinking ship there and prob will not have same head coach and staff after next year. I hope reports are wrong.

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  10. Never understood the revenge angle from a player who didn't get a scholarship to a particular school. You hear it a lot. So, what Matt Johnson is effectively saying is that he holds Pitt in higher regard than Bowling Green. Nice message to your teammates.

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  11. Meh, sounds like Pitt was lucky even to get this. Beggars can't be choosers. So we're "in a bowl." In Detroit. Day after Christmas. Versus a MAC team to which we may very well lose.

    Pitt fans could expect no more, and maybe a lot less.

    Pitt doesn't aspire to greatness; it aspires to mediocrity, and quite frankly one could make the case that we're not even to that level. Thus you get the Greasy Pizza Bowl.

    It is what it is, as the overused cliche goes.

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  12. Henry to announce today at 1pm, any predictions - Pitt or WVU?

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  13. To me, this bowl game is a no-win situation for Pitt. If they win, people will say they merely beat a MAC team, and if Pitt loses, people will say holy crap, Pitt lost to a MAC team. Even though Bowling Green is MAC champs, that won't make up for anything if Pitt loses, which appears to be a very possible outcome.

    Frankly, I think the threshold for getting to a bowl game should be higher. If you're a mediocre team that can only win 6 games, I don't think you should be in a bowl. Why should mediocrity be rewarded?

    I get that it's about the money for ESPN, etc, but there are too many bowl games rewarding too many bad or mediocre programs.

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    1. Hey, we agree on something.
      Too many BS bowl games. Less is More.
      They need to cut it down to 25 games. I think 35 at the moment.

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  14. AnonymousDecember 9, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Pitt never interviewed him. What a mistake that was..MATT HOUSE FTL (For the loss)

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    1. I had good info we looked at him. A guy at nd. And someone with purdue.

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  15. I'm sure there will be dozens of negative posts about Henry going to WVU. I think it is sad that a talented quip would decide to go anywhere other than Pitt considering the history, but I don't think this will go a long way in deciding if our recruiting was a success or not or if Pitt is moving forward. Since this is the most negative site I have ever seen, I will try to put a different spin on things.

    1. Walt Harris was a great field general but there was a sour taste from local recruits and him.

    2. Wanny was good for Pitt and I would have liked for him to pull in a great OC and let them do the play calling. He was a good recruiter and a had a pro style system that filtered through some pretty outstanding players. Ultimately he couldn't coach well on the field.

    3. They bring in Graham which was the biggest mistake possible. Not only did he bolt from Pittsburgh, but he also changed the system, cost us two years of recruiting and has dug a mediocre hole for this team that they are currently trying to dig out of.

    4. A wife battering coach just aided the poor recruiting that Graham put into place and put an even blacker eye on the system.

    5. Enter in Paul Chryst. The guy has been challenged with turning the program around, in his first head coaching job, restoring the name and basically building from the ground up. He has been far from perfect with his game calling and his resistance to surround himself with the coaches needed to speed up the process. However he is sticking to the plan(much like the Pirates did) and has so far done a decent job in getting done what he wants to whether you agree with it or not. The guy has made bold moves(some good, some bad) that have set the tone for the future on what is expected out of these kids. It would have been easy to allow Chapman to stay on the team, or allow Shell to come back.... or to sell a bill of goods to players like Foster that we couldn't deliver on. But instead he has kept the ship pointed forward and is looking for good young men who want to work hard and build something.

    He has recruited a bunch of big lineman and big strong backs that he is working on completely changing the face of this team back to a powerhouse. It takes 3 to 4 years to coach even the best lineman into a position where they can be the staple of a team. He wasn't there last year, he wasn't there this year and he may not even be there next year, but it is coming. He is getting the horses in place and he does know how to coach them. The biggest recruit for Pitt this year is Alex Bookser. If they can bring him in, they will have a foundation of lineman for the future. He has brought in a bunch of quality RB and is going to get the ground game going. This has a trickle down effect that many refuse to look at. It opens up plays down field. It is a young QBs best friend. It keeps the defense off the field and does exposes as many weaknesses. If he can get a special teams coach in to help with the 3rd element of the game, and pull in either Jennings or Kamara, this will be a very successful offseason and really have this team poised for a better season next year and a breakout season the year after. Then you will see the recruits coming in.

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  16. Bowling Green coach leaving for Wake Forest

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    1. I think he is also taking many of his assistants.

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