Syracuse Football: A 5 question sit down with the enemy (Pitt)

Nov 12, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Dorian O

The Syracuse football team has reached the end of their season and they’ve one more chance to get a win. Will they do it? We discuss with a special guest.

Every week we do our weekly sit-down with a representative from the opponent. This week we do it for the very last time for the Syracuse football team.

Well at least for the football season anyways. This week we go down into The Panther Pitt.

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So with that being said, lets get right to it. Here’s our last weekly football sit-down with the enemy segment, lets start the interrogation!

Nov 19, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner (24) celebrates his touchdown with running back Qadree Ollison (37) and offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty (69) against the Duke Blue Devils during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Paul A. Esden Jr: James Conner has been the best story in college football this year and it’s been inspirational to so many. Can you try to put into words what this season has meant and his impact on this football team?

Brian Miller (President of The Panther Pitt):

“James Conner is a natural leader who would be inspiring and motivating this team whether he had these hardships or not. When he had his injury last year, we knew he’d come back just as strong. When he has diagnosed with cancer, we knew he’d be back just as strong. His determination is amazing to see on Saturdays and every other day as he trains and betters himself and other around him. He has been instrumental in powering this team to the successes this team has achieved and will achieve. This season has been so much fun and a great second year in the Narduzzi Era.”

Oct 8, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker Quintin Wirginis (58) reacts on the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Paul A. Esden Jr: Who are some hidden x-factors on offense and defense for Pitt that could impact the game that no one is talking about?

Brian Miller (President of The Panther Pitt):

“The well known x-factors are easily Peterman, Conner, Price, and Henderson. Both of

our lines have played superb football all season too. But on defense, enough people aren’t talking about Quintin Wirginis. He flies around the field and just gets after the ball, great attitude. Reggie Mitchell has played great filling in for an injured Whitehead. Soto has gone under the radar as has Taleni. And O’Neill is always a TD threat. No one is more deserving of the Piesman.”

Nov 19, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi celebrates after defeating the Duke Blue Devils at Heinz Field. PITT won 56-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Paul A. Esden Jr: Is the Pitt fan base afraid that Pat Narduzzi may be too good too quick? SU fans have that fear having Dino Babers in the fold that if he impresses too much, another top place will pluck him right from the program. Is there a similar fear in Panthers nation?

Brian Miller (President of The Panther Pitt):

“Pitt fans know well the fear of having a coach leave too soon. But the revolving door at Pitt is over. Coach Narduzzi is here to stay. Any rumors of him going to Purdue (started by crazy PSU fans) or LSU (probably also started by crazy PSU fans) are laughably false. Coach Narduzzi has said time and time again, he could have taken HC jobs before Pitt, he said he waited to find the right program that was the right fit because it’s not about the money. He really believes in this University and he is here to leave his mark and win a national championship.”

Oct 22, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) tries to escape from Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Paul A. Esden Jr: SU has been maligned by injuries all season long and all indications suggest Eric Dungey is out for Saturday’s regular season finale. If there was a blue-print for a SU victory what would they have to do to get the W?

Brian Miller (President of The Panther Pitt):

“Dungey out is a big help for us this Saturday. Pitt has been susceptible through the air this season and that would be where we could fall. Our run defense has played great all year and our offense can light up the scoreboard. Looking at the matchup, it could be a back and forth game with whoever has the ball last winning. Needless to say we predict a Pitt victory, but we may be a little biased.”

Nov 12, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (7) reacts following his touchdown catch and run against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. North Carolina State defeated Syracuse 35-20. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Paul A. Esden Jr: This is Senior day for the Pitt Panthers, they also have a chance to get back to the eight win plateau, this seems to be an important game for both sides but for very different reasons. Who ends up winning this game and why?

Brian Miller (President of The Panther Pitt):

“As I said before, but taking out the obvious bias, I still see Pitt winning the game Saturday. Pitt is coming off two big wins and has shown improvement every game. Looking at the matchups, Pitt has the edge in a few key areas and should be able to overpower the Orange.”

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