Pittsburgh Panthers Football Season Preview History
2014 Pittsburgh Football Preview:
2013 was a year of transition for the Pitt Panthers. It was the Panthers first season in the ACC and the first year for head coach Paul Chryst. The Panthers played a brutal ACC schedule that resulted in a 7-6 record and a win over Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Chryst and company come into 2014 a little more familiar with their new conference, but with plenty new faces on the team. The offense lost journeyman quarterback Tom Savage and standout receiver Devin Street to the NFL draft. The reigns of Pitt’s offense will be turned over to sophomore quarterback Chad Voytik, who will be one of 6 sophomores starting on the Panthers offense. Pittsburgh’s defense loses outstanding defensive tackle Aaron Donald and will rely heavily on a strong linebacking core, headlined by seniors Anthony Gonzalez and Todd Thomas. Key games for the Pitt Panthers 2014 ACC Coastal Division title aspirations with October 16th against Virginia Tech, October 25th against Georgia Tech, and November 1st against Duke. If the Panthers can come out of those home games with a winning record, look for them to finish at, or near the top of the ACC Coastal Division.
2013 Pittsburgh Football Preview:
A new era begins again for the Pittsburgh Panthers and for the first time in a couple of seasons it has nothing to do with the coaching staff. The Panthers have joined the ACC after being a member of the Big East since 1991. Paul Chryst returns for his second season as the head coach and will need to rely on a defense that returns nine starters. Chryst has to find a new starting quarterback and running back, but receiver Devin Street returns for his senior season after leading the Panthers in catches with 73. The Panthers will make their ACC debut in the first game of the season on national television with the Florida State Seminoles traveling to Pittsburgh. Chryst’s squad will also host Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Miami in 2013.
2011 Pittsburgh Football Preview:
Pittsburgh has had one of the toughest off-seasons of any team in the Big East. Between a losing a coach, as well as three stars to the NFL, the Panthers left their fans with a lot of questions heading into 2011. However, they return a proven talent at quarterback, and first-year coach Todd Graham has shown he has was it takes to be a big-time play caller.
The Pittsburgh offense will certainly miss the contributions of Dion Lewis and Jonathan Baldwin, but with Tino Sunseri under center they have an experienced leader. He will be joined by running back Ray Graham who, despite having to sit behind Lewis, showed he was capable of carrying the load. As for targets for Sunseri, he will likely turn to junior receiver Mike Shanahan and sophomore Devin Street for deep threats.
The Panthers will have to make up for a few departed players on defense as well, but may find it more difficult to do so. Still, they will see the return of all-conference performer Brandon Lindsey, and an experienced linebacking corps led by Max Gruder and Tristan Roberts will provide some stability on defense.
2010 Pittsburgh Football Preview:
A hot start in 2009 had fans of the Pittsburgh Panthers dreaming of bowl game glory. While a tough close to their schedule ended their lofty goals, an impressive campaign nonetheless has fans and commentators building hype for Pitt's 2010 season.
Last year, Pitt seemed nearly untouchable in the Big East Conference to start the season, mounting strong victories over Navy, Notre Dame and Rutgers. The team peaked at a number nine ranking in the AP and BCS polls, and wound up finishing the season ranked 15th, with an overall 10-3 record. Even though a conference championship eluded the Panthers, many believe they gained the experience and personnel to be in the thick of a title run in 2010.
Dion Lewis, the Big East Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year, will be returning to lead to help lead Pitt into postseason play by filling the running back position. Last year he ran for a blistering 1,799 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Big East Defensive Player of the Year Greg Romeus will return as a defensive end for the Panthers, keeping opposing teams out of the endzone and opposing quarterbacks on the turf.
2009 Pittsburgh Football Preview:
Head Coach: Dave Wannstedt
2009 will mark the 5th season that Dave Wannstedt is Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers. Pitt enters the season hoping to put behind them memories of an embarrassing 3-0 loss to Oregon State in the 2008 Sun Bowl. To help propel the Panthers the team has brought in new Offensive Coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. If Wannstedt can get his new offense going then Pittsburgh should be a top contender for the Big East Conference crown.
2008 Pittsburgh Football Preview:
Head Coach: Dave Wannstedt
The University of Pittsburgh Panthers are one of the most successful college football programs of all time. With coach Dave Wannstedt coming off a recent contract extension, in spite of some tough losing seasons, Pitt is riding high after upsetting their heavily favored and #2 ranked rival West Virginia in the 2007 Backyard Brawl. The Panthers will look to expand on that bright spot in their recent history and bring the team back to prominence in the Big East. Look for Pittsburgh to be in the hunt for a bowl bid this coming season.