Offense 24.2 PPG
Hidden Stats to Watch
USF has only allowed five sacks all season, which is tops in the
conference. Pitt has allowed 20 which is dead last in the conference. Pitt has
only converted 335 of the time on third downs. USF has the worst Red Zone
offense in the conference. Pittsburgh has the second best
defense in the red Zone in the conference. The payback factor, Pitt handed the
Bulls a 43-14 drubbing last year at Raymond James Stadium.
USF is coming off a bye week. The weekend prior to the bye, they were
defeated 27-7 by Miami. The Bulls
had five turnovers and only managed 174 yards of offense against the Hurricanes.
Pitt won their first game against a D1-A opponent as they defeated a very young
Cincinnati Bearcats squad 38-20 at Heinz Field.
Pat Julmiste leads the Bulls offense. This year he has completed 49 of 95
passes for 506 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. He holds a 51.6
completion percentage and a 99.7 passer rating.
Tyler Palko is second in the conference in total yardage. This season he
has completed 107 of 198 passes for 1,366 yards, nine touchdowns and six
interceptions. He holds a 54% completion percentage and a 120.9 passer
Julmiste has struggled to be a consistent passer in this offense. Palko appears
to be on the verge of breaking out of a horrible slump to start the season. He
is now using his weapons and not trying to do everything
USF features the second leading rusher in the conference in Andre Hall.
This season hall has carried 103 times for 519 yards and six touchdowns. Hall is
also a dangerous weapon out of the backfield as he has caught 11 passes for 96
yards and one touchdown.
Rashad Jennings had his break through game as he carried 11 times for 102
yards and a touchdown last week against
Cincinnati. On the season he has
carried 31 times for 172 yards and one touchdown. Ray Kirkley is the most
experienced back for the Panthers he has 66 carries for 298 yards and a
touchdown. The Panthers desperately need Larod Stephens to return to the lineup.
The diminutive speedster ran for 98 yards against
Nebraska, but suffered an ankle
injury against Youngstown
State and has missed the past two
Hall is one of the top backs in the country and he is consistent. Pitt needs one
of its backs to step up and be the go-to guy. It’s imperative that the panthers
get Stephens back.
Former Pitt commit Johnny Peyton leads the Bulls with 11 catches for 118
yards and three touchdowns. They feature plenty of speed at the position, but
have been unable to find a consistent target.
Greg Lee leads the conference in receptions per game. On the season he
has caught 29 passes for 558 yards and four touchdowns. Derek Kinder and Darrell Strong have shown flashes of being capable options for the Panthers. Pitt
features arguably the best tight end tandem in the conference with Erik Gill and
Fans would love to see Pitt use Strong more then they are. The same could be
said for the tight ends. Peyton is a dangerous weapon for the Bulls, but got to
give the edge to Greg Lee.
Stephen Nicholas leads the Bulls with five sacks and 105 tackles for
loss. Defensive end Terrence Royal has recorded 3.5 sacks. Linebacker Ben Moffitt is the leader of the Bulls defense, he has registered 23 solo tackles,
18 assists, 41 total tackles, six tackles for loss, and he has forced four
fumbles. Louis Gachette leads the bulls with two interceptions.
Darrelle Revis is one of the top cover corners in the nation. Revis leads
Pitt with three interceptions and nine passes defended. H.B. blades leads the
panthers with 30 solo tackles, 32 assists, 65 total tackles.
Pitt is showing some signs of life on defense. On the defensive line we give USF
the advantage. At Linebacker we feel both teams are fairly even. In the
secondary give the advantage to Pitt.
Kyle Bronson has nailed all 14 of his PAT’s and three of five field
goals. Brandon baker leads the
conference with a 45.5 yard average per punt. Chad Simpson leads the conference
averaging 30.8 yards per kick return. Jackie Chambers leads the conference in
punt returns with a 15.7 average. USF boasts one of the best kick coverage units
in the conference.
Josh Cummings missed two games due to injury, but he has converted 8-11
FG’s and five of five PAT’s. Adam Graessle is third in the conference with an
average of 42.9 yards per punt . Darrelle Revis is second in the conference in
punt returns with an average of 14.6 yards per return. Terrell Allen and Larod
Stephens are both very dangerous kick returners.
This component of the game could decide the outcome. Both teams are very evenly
matched in special teams. We give the nod to Pitt because of the open end zone
and Pitt’s familiarity with it.
Pitt 27, USF 24