Well ladies and gentleman, to quote Jean Valjean, the time is now, the day is here. Pitt and Florida State will kick off in just about an hour on ESPN in a national telecast. Before we get going, here are a few notes.
- Both running backs Isaac Bennett and James Conner will dress and are expected to play. Both guys were questionable up until this week, but both had progressed enough that they'll be out there tonight. That'll be a big boost as Pitt tries to establish a running game against the Seminoles defense to make things easier on new starting quarterback Tom Savage.
- The only Pitt player who will not play because of injury tonight is linebacker Emanuel Rackard. He's been banged up for most of training camp and hasn't been a factor, so there shouldn't be much of an impact.
- There's some inclement weather here at Heinz Field right now. While things are supposed to clear up by the 8 p.m. kickoff, the field will be pretty wet, especially to start the game. We'll also be on the lookout for any storm cells that might pop up during the game. Nothing major is expected, but we may get some sprinkles.
That's all for now. Leave your in-game thoughts in the comments below, and follow me on Twitter at @SWernerPG for updates during the game.