Pitt Panthers: Searching For Respect In ACC Power Rankings


The Pitt Panthers have a bye this week before launching into the Atlantic Coast Conference part of their schedule Saturday, Oct. 3 against Virginia Tech. The contest with the Hokies gets underway at noon at Lane Stadium.

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The challenge to capture the ACC Coastal Division title is alive and well for the Panthers. Here is a quick roundup of what people are writing about Pitt.

According to Jerry DiPaola of the Tribune Review and Sam Werner of the Post-Gazette, head coach Pat Narduzzi has settled on one of his two redshirt juniors as the Panthers starting quarterback. Nate Peterman has gotten the nod over Chad Voytek. The comments came during Wednesday’s ACC coaches teleconference.

The Blue and Gold continue to add weekly accolades this season. The ACC disclosed Monday that Pitt’s Tyler Boyd was the ACC Receiver of the Week. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior hauled in 10 receptions for 131 yards in the loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Sanjay Kirpalani, the National Recruiting Analyst at Bleacher Report, is reporting that Pitt offered 2017 4-star defensive end Chase Young from Dematha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland.

David M. Hale at ESPN takes a look each week at the possible bowl projections for the teams of the ACC. He projects Pitt as the ACC’s representative for the St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26 in Florida.

Time to settle in with another cup of coffee and our mouse as you and I take a look at ACC Power Rankings from across the internet.

ATL All Day – This week #6 / Last Week #6 – Jonathan Savitske has the Panthers holding steady this week in his ACC Coastal Division Power Rankings. He is not convinced yet that either Qadree Ollison or Darrin Hall are the answer to Pitt’s ground game with James Connor done for the season.

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  • Backing The Pack – This week #9 / Last Week #9 – Alec Lower reviews the entire conference and reminds us that Pitt’s ACC slate of contests begins in two weeks when they head to Blacksburg, Virginia.

    Cardiac Hill – This week #9 / Last Week #8 – Anson Whaley dropped Pitt down one after their loss to Iowa in his rating of the entire ACC.

    Keeping It Heel – This week #6 / Last Week #4 – Brandon Griffin has Pitt dropping two in his weekly ranking of the ACC Coastal Division. He is another writer in the chorus who feels that all of Pitt’s injuries are catching up with them.

    Shakin The Southland – This week #13 / Last Week #13 – Mark Gordon and Ryan Kantor place the Blue and Gold in the last slot of the Tier 2 section in their overall rankings of the ACC.

    Streaking The Lawn – This week #10 / Last Week #11 – Will Campbell is one of the few moving Pitt up one notch this week. It is tough to come back from a 57-yard field goal occurring as time expires.

    Are the Blue and Gold worthy of a higher slot in the ACC Power Rankings? Take time to let your fellow Panther fans know in the comments section below.

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