ACC Top Letdown Games for Every Team: 2022 College Football Season

ACC letdown games – the date on every team’s college football schedule that might be dangerous.

What game on every ACC team’s schedule might cause some trouble? Each team should win these games, but focus, interest, and big games before and/or after could be a problem in these letdown dates.

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Pitt Panthers Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Pitt College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Pitt Panthers Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Pitt season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Pitt Panthers Preview
Head Coach: Pat Narduzzi, 53-37, 8th year at Pitt
2021 Preview: Overall: 11-3 Conference: 7-1
Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Pitt Top 10 Players | Pitt Schedule & Analysis

Pitt Panthers Preview 2022

Well that took a turn for the better in a big hurry.

Pitt was fine under Pat Narduzzi.

It was entertaining, it managed to get to bowl games, and it had several nice moments over the first six seasons, but it was just 42-34 with the lone bowl victory over an overmatched Eastern Michigan in way too much of a fight in your 2019 Quick Lane Bowl.

And then came the explosion, the passing game was amazing, and the program caught a break that it was Clemson’s down year.

2021 was the chance for everyone in the ACC to rise up and be the league’s star, and Pitt – not North Carolina, not Florida State, not Miami, not NC State – was able to do it.

Now Pitt can be a part of the explosive three-team club along with Clemson and Florida State that won an ACC Championship since 2010.

Even more, it’s been in two of the last four ACC title games. It’s been able to prove it belongs.

This year’s team might not be quite as wild, but it should be rock-solid with all the returning talent, the schedule works out, and there’s no Clemson to deal with …

Until the ACC Championship.

Pitt Panthers Preview 2022: Offense

Nothing stops. The Panthers might have lost Heisman finalist QB Kenny Pickett, and star WR Jordan Addison is off living his best life at USC, but new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti will keep the passing fun going with former OC Mark Whipple off to bring his brand of fun to Nebraska.

The Panther offense finished last year eighth in the country overall and in passing, was third in scoring, and was able to bomb away in game after game up until the bowl loss to Michigan State when Pickett was sitting out. The stars might need to be replaced, but …

Shhhhhhhhhh, no one will say it out loud, but USC transfer QB Kedon Slovis might be a more talented player than Pickett. That’s not to say he’ll come up with the same production – Pickett grew into a fantastic decision-maker and big play passer – but it’s been lost in the narrative that last year was a massive fifth season jump.

That’s not to dog Pickett in any way – he really is/was great – but he didn’t throw more than 13 touchdown passes in any of his first four years, and then he bombed away for 42 scores.

Slovis threw 30 touchdown passes as a freshman, threw 17 touchdown passes in six games in 2020, and blow off the mess that was USC last year. The quarterback situation will be more than fine. Nick Patti is a more-than-capable backup and will push for time this fall camp.

Losing the 100 catches and 17 touchdowns of Addison stinks, but Jared Wayne is a big play target who caught 47 passes for 658 yards and six scores. On the way is Konata Mumpfield, a fantastic get from Akron who caught 63 passes with eight scores last year. Getting back pass catching TE Gavin Bartholomew is a big help, too.

The passing game will work with everyone getting time to do their thing because …

The offensive line should be outstanding. All five starters are expected back with three all-stars and a few pro prospects to work around. Carter Warren at left tackle is the best of the bunch, but the entire line should jell into now one of the team’s biggest strengths.

The depth is there at running back. The trio of Israel Abanikanda, Vincent Davis, and Rodney Hammond should combine for well over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns again.

Pitt Panthers Preview 2022: Defense

It’s the Pitt defense. The pass rush will be dominant with a line that lives in the backfield, the secondary will give up a bazillion yards as the corners are left to sink or swim, and somehow it’ll all workout just fine. It all gets going around that pass rush and …

The defensive line is once again going to be a terror after finishing second in the nation in sacks and fifth in tackles for loss. Second Team All-ACC end Habakkuk Baldonado led the team with nine sacks, First Team All-ACC tackle Calijah Kancey was second on the team with seven sacks – those two combined for 25 tackles for loss – and everyone else up front will feed off them.

The linebackers are disruptive, too, but there’s work to be done. Leading tacklers SirVocea Dennis is an all-around playmaker, but he’s flanked by new starters and Notre Dame transfer Shayne Simon filling in the gaps.

The secondary allowed 264 yards per game, and it’ll get ripped up at times again, but the big plays will be there, too, for a defense that picked off 16 passes.

Brandon Hill was second on the team with 79 tackles. He’s back at one safety spot along with Erick Hallett, who came up with 72 tackles with three picks and nine broken up passes. Marquis Williams and AJ Woods are veteran corners.

Keys To The Season
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Pitt Top 10 Players | Pitt Schedule & Analysis

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Pitt Panthers Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the top 10 Pitt players going into the 2022 college football season?

Pitt Panthers Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


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NFL Draft Best Picks of All-Time From Every ACC School

Who are the ACC’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each ACC program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from every ACC program? Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


The ACC takes a backseat to no one when it comes to NFL draft bragging rights from its current programs.

The bulk players might not be there like it is from the SEC and the Big Ten, but you want high-end talent?

From Dan Marino to Jim Brown, and from Lawrence Taylor to Derrick Brooks to Aaron Donald, there’s a lot for the ACC to chirp about.

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the ACC schools – these are the best draft picks.

Players who had great careers for teams other than the ones that drafted them don’t get enough credit, or aren’t on the list at all.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters over one short burst of greatness.

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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings, Analysis
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTsOGs & Cs | DEs & Edge | DTs
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NFL Draft by college over last 5 years: 1-130 rankings

College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: ACC Spring Version 2022

ACC spring football rankings and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

ACC college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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It’s going to be one of the craziest offseasons yet with the transfer portal, a whole lot of big transitions, and several key teams needing to do a whole lot of work.

Before diving into the nuts and bolts of each team with our team-by-team Preview 2022, here’s the spring version quick look, prediction, and ranking of each ACC team.

Don’t get into any sort of a twist with these ACC rankings – you could take about ten of the teams, mix them up in any order, and you’ll probably be right.

Seriously, if you want to swap 11 and 12 on this with, say, 4 and 5, go for it – that’s how even this league should be. If you thought last year was weird in the conference, just wait.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

Duke vs Pitt Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Duke vs Pitt prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Tuesday.

Duke vs Pitt prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, March 1


Duke vs Pitt How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA
How To Watch: ACC Network
Record: Duke (25-4), Pitt (11-18)
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Duke vs Pitt Game Preview


Why Duke Will Win

Everyone who seems to matter got popped on Saturday with the top six teams in the last AP Poll going down.

Duke beat Syracuse 97-72 on the road.

This isn’t a consistent team lately, and there are just enough concerns to think there could be a problem in a few weeks once the season really starts, but it’s on a six-game winning streak and with 11 wins in the last 12 games.

It starts with an offense that’s moving the ball around insanely well.

26 assists against Syracuse. 25 against Florida State. 17 against Wake Forest. The points are leading to easy baskets, the threes have been dropping, and outside of issues with a pesky Virginia, things are rolling.

And then there’s Pitt, with two losses in a row and six in the last nine, but …

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Why Pitt Will Win

Just how much will Duke really be into this?

It wins the ACC regular season title outright with a win in this and a Notre Dame loss to Florida State, but its focus might be on North Carolina on Saturday, the ACC Tournament, and the NCAA Tournament to come.

At least that’s the hope.

On the flip side of Duke, Pitt isn’t moving the ball around all that well.

It doesn’t have the scoring punch to keep up and it’s not hitting from the outside. However, it’s got a good inside presence and it comes up with lots and lots of rebounds.

This is going to be all about energy and momentum.

Pitt has to own the defensive glass – Duke can dominate when it’s getting the offensive boards – and it has to slow the game down to a dead stop at times.

It was able to beat NC State by being great at the free throw line and dominating the rebounds with a +18 margin.

Hold serve on the boards, hit a few threes to get the crowd in the game, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Nah.

Duke might be a bit sluggish at times, but it’ll crank up the defensive intensity when it absolutely has to.

Pitt just doesn’t shoot well enough or move the ball around strong enough to pull this off.

Duke vs Pitt Prediction, Lines

Duke 82, Pitt 65
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 2

5: Romy
1: Michelle

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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

Pitt Football Schedule 2022: 3 Things To Know

Pitt football schedule. The 2022 schedule with 3 things to know

Pitt football schedule 2022: Who does Pitt miss on the ACC schedule and what are 3 things to know?


Pitt Football Schedule 2022

Sept 1 West Virginia

Sept 10 Tennessee

Sept 17 at Western Michigan

Sept 24 Rhode Island

Oct 1 Georgia Tech

Oct 8 Virginia Tech

Oct 15 OPEN DATE

Oct 22 at Louisville

Oct 29 at North Carolina

Nov 5 Syracuse

Nov 12 at Virginia

Nov 19 Duke

Nov 26 at Miami

2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

Pitt Football Schedule What To Know: Who do the Panthers miss from the Atlantic Division?

The Panthers couldn’t ask for a bigger break than to play Louisville and Syracuse from the Atlantic. Not to program shame, but those two aren’t Clemson and NC State this year, and not getting Wake Forest or Florida State isn’t a bad deal, either.

In the Coastal, the two really big games that should matter against Miami and North Carolina are both on the road. To make things worse …

Pitt Football Schedule What To Know: Start hot, Pitt, or else

It’s about as imbalanced a schedule as it gets with five of the first six games at home and four of the last six on the road. There’s a battle with West Virginia to kick things off followed by a date with Tennessee. Get through those two, and the rematch of last year’s loss to Western Michigan – in Kalamazoo this time – should be gravy.

However, there’s a week off right in the middle of the season before closing with everything on the road except Syracuse and Duke. Not getting Miami up in Pittsburgh in late November hurts.

Pitt Football Schedule What To Know: What does it all really mean?

It’s not all that bad, but throw in the road game against Virginia and just winning the division is going to be a bigger fight considering all the key games appear to be on the road.

Again, not facing Clemson or NC State is a big help, and the team should be battle-tested after an interesting September, but that’s one rough finishing kick with all the time away from Heinz.

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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

Michigan State vs Pitt Prediction, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Game Preview

Michigan State vs Pitt: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Michigan State vs Pitt: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, Thursday, December 30


Michigan State vs Pitt: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl How To Watch

Date: Thursday, December 30
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Record: Michigan State (10-2), Pitt (11-2)
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Michigan State vs Pitt Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview

This is what an expanded College Football Playoff matchup would be. Take one of the best teams from the Big Ten against the ACC champion and let it roll. Instead it’s a fun matchup between two programs that rose up in surprising seasons and now want to use this has a launching pad.

– Michigan State was awful in Mel Tucker’s first year. It was 2020 so all could be forgiven in a 2-5 year – especially with a win over Michigan – but this wasn’t exactly a team on everyone’s radar going into 2021. With the running of Kenneth Walker, a defense that was more timely than sensational, and an attitude that fed off of momentum, the Spartans went 10-2 as one of the season’s biggest surprises.

– Western Michigan 44, Pitt 41. It’s not fair or fun to look at the one big negative instead of the overwhelming positives, but had that wild shootout gone the other way the Panthers are probably playing Alabama in the College Football Playoff.

– Whatever … Pitt won the ACC Championship, and that’s amazing no matter what. The Panthers were able to survive a slew of shootouts with a high-powered attack guided by Heisman-caliber QB Kenny Pickett in an amazing year, they beat Wake Forest for the conference championship, and they were the first team since 2014 Georgia Tech to beat Clemson by double-digits in the regular season. However …

– Kenny Pickett and Kenneth Walker have opted out of the game. There are still several good players on both sides of the ball, but the missing parts are going to be glaring.

Along with Pickett, offensive coordinator Mark Whipple left for Nebraska, and Pitt WR Taysir Mack opted out – he was third on the team in receiving – so this is a showcase for all the parts still around before USC transfer Kedon Slovis likely takes over the offense.

For Michigan State, the future is bright helped by the transfer portal – former Wisconsin top running back recruit Jalen Berger is on the way – but Walker really was the signature star everyone wanted to see. On the plus side, star receiver Jalen Nailor is a full go.

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Bryce Young Wins 2021 Heisman Trophy: He Checked All The Boxes

Bryce Young won the 2021 Heisman Trophy. He checked all the boxes with a Heisman-caliber season in every way.

Bryce Young won the 2021 Heisman Trophy. The Alabama quarterback rose above the field by checking all the boxes.


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Bryce Young Wins The Heisman Trophy

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There wasn’t another option.

Others might have received first place votes, but there really isn’t an argument for anyone other than Bryce Young to be the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner.

There wasn’t a box left unchecked as he had a Heisman-caliber season in every way. In a college football season without any obvious options until the very end, he took over when he had to.


2021 Heisman Trophy Voting
1. QB Bryce Young, Alabama, 684 1st, 2311 points
2. DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan, 78 1st, 954 points
3. QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt, 28 1st, 631 points
4. QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State, 12 1st, 399 points
5. DE Will Anderson, Alabama 31 1st, 325 points


Was he the star player for the national championship-level team? Check.

Was he a quarterback or running back – after things went a wee bit off script last year with DeVonta Smith? Check.

Did he have a signature Heisman moment? Down 10-3 with just over 90 seconds to play, Young had 1st-and-97 against Auburn, took the team down the field, got through a few overtimes, saved the season. Check.

Did he show up large in the biggest and most important game of the season when everyone was paying attention? 26-of-44 for 421 yards and three touchdowns and, no picks, and a rushing touchdown against the biggest, baddest defense in the land. SEC Championship: Alabama 41, Georgia 24. Check.

Did he have the stats? WKU’s Bailey Zappe threw more touchdown passes (56), but Young had the most touchdown throws among all Power Five quarterbacks (43) with just four picks. And he did it against an SEC schedule. Check.

He threw multiple touchdown passes in every game and four or more in five games. Check.

Was he that bad in the down moment – he threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns with a pick in the loss to Texas A&M. Check.

Was he the MVP? Alabama is the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff partly because its quarterback got the job done in the big moments. Check.

Was he the MOP? He was outstanding in those moments, threw for 4,322 yards, and again, he was the standout player in the biggest moments that mattered to get to this point. Check.

But don’t take it all for granted.

Yeah, he’s the quarterback at Alabama. Yeah, it’s not like he was getting the job done without NFL talent around him.

Yeah, he’s the first Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy.

Now 2021 Heisman winner has two more boxes to check, starting with Cincinnati on New Year’s Eve.

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5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Championship Week

5 best predictions against the spread for college football’s Conference Championship Week. Which games appear to be the best bets against the spread?

5 best predictions for college football’s biggest regular season weekend – it’s Championship Week. What games appear to be the best bets and the best picks?


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Championship Week Predictions, Game Previews 
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Championship Week Schedule, Game Previews
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Results So Far ATS: 82-60-2

It’s all about the bowl games coming up next – those require an entirely different skillset – but first, we close out with college football’s Championship Week.

There are just 11 games – normally there are 70+ games to pick and choose from – but you don’t care. You just want the magic to happen.

So let’s do this. Be bold. Be brave. Be …

Eh, whatever. I promised five picks, here’s seven, but with a twist.

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5. Kent State vs Northern Illinois & Pitt vs Wake Forest point totals

LINE Kent State vs Northern Illinois 74.5, Pitt vs Wake Forest 71.5
Point Total Picks Over

I’m combining these two games together for one simple reason – it goes against everything I believe in.

If you’ve been with this piece all year, hopefully you did alright with the belief system of ALWAYS taking the under on a mid-70s point total, and go crazy if it’s in the high-70s or – if we’ve been good people who deserve something nice – in the 80s.

Too many things have to happen to get to over on a 70+. Bad weather, turnovers, a parachute not opening, it could be anything to keep two offenses from trading haymakers.

That’s why I’ll throw in a polite suggestion of under on the 73 in the Conference USA Championship between UTSA and WKU. Yeah, yeah, yeah they combined for 98 in the first meeting, but that Roadrunner defense will show up just enough to keep Bailey Zappe and friends from going off.

I won’t lie, the MAC Championship scares me because MAC Championships are weird.

They almost NEVER go according to any form or reason, one side always wets the bed and turns it over a gajillion times, and … this should be wild.

Kent State just doesn’t do defense against decent offenses. Forget that these two combined for 99 points in the first meeting, it’s indoors, the Golden Flash offense is going to be even quicker, and one of the two sides should take care of at least 50 of this by itself.

And the ACC Championship? Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman and Pitt’s Kenny Pickett are about to put on a show.

Both defenses are coming off of oddly dominant performances, and Pitt hasn’t allowed more than 30 points in seven of its last nine games, but …

There’s no pressure. There’s no playoff spot on the line. These two are about to let it rip.

I’m doing the combined-pick thing again next, and then come the big calls …

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