Happy Saturday, everyone. We're about half an hour away from kickoff here at Heinz Field for Pitt's third game of the season vs. Virginia Tech.
Eleven years ago, Pitt came into the game against the Hokies in a very similar situation, and used that game as a vault to turn the season around. Here's my preview from today's Post-Gazette.
Not a whole lot left to say for this one. On paper, Virgina Tech certainly seems poised for an easy victory. But that's why they play the games, right?
To get you ready for this one, here are a few leftover quotes from my talks with Walt Harris and Lousaka Polite, two guys who were very involved with some big wins over Virginia Tech in the teams' Big East days.
Harris, on the matchups with Virginia Tech: "I guess some teams you match up well against, and we seemed to match up well against them. We had some hellacious battles. They were a program that was really well established, the coach had been there quite a while and they stuck by him during the tough times."
Polite, on his memories of the Hokies: "I just think about how it always being a big game. Something was on the line. When we were in the Big East, it was conference play, nationally televised game. Whether it was in Blacksburg or in Pittsburgh, it was always a big game."
Polite, on how the '01 team used the Virginia Tech win as a springboard to bounce back from a 2-5 start: "It reminds you that you have the ability to do whatever you need to do, as long as guys pull together when times are bad. That’s what any team has to do when you don’t start off so great. You’ve got to go back to the basics: blocking, tackling and all the fundamentals of football. ... If you stick to those, your core values as a team, you can overcome anything."
Alright, Pitt fans, what are your score predictions for today?