Pittsburgh at Virginia Preview
By – Brooks Brazeau – Point Train Sports Consultants
Friday Night in Charlottesville, Virginia will be electric as the Cavaliers welcome the Panthers of Pittsburgh to town in a battle for division supremacy.
Virginia finds themselves in a way better position right now than most of the fanbase thought they would be to begin the year as the “Hoos” find themselves with a record of 6-2 overall and atop the ACC Coastal. The 25th ranked Cavaliers have had lots of success this season, stemming from the terrific play of junior quarterback Bryce Perkins. Earlier this season the former junior college transfer became the second player in Virginia football history to throw for more than 200 yards and rush for more than 100 in the same game. On the season, Perkins has thrown for 1.623 yards with a touchdown to interception ratio of 15:8. Perkins has also rushed for over 500 yards as well as six touchdowns. Perkins dual-threat ability will be on full display Friday night and could cause some major issues for the Panthers defense.
The Panthers head down Charlottesville looking to bring back with them a share of the ACC Coastal division lead. Pittsburgh is trending upwards. Last weekend against Duke, the Panthers registered their best offensive game of the season racking up 634 yards, 484 of which were on the ground. This plays very well for the Panthers as Virginia’s rush defense is not the best, giving up an average of 113 yards on the ground per game.
The major storyline is this one is the play on the defensive side of the ball for both teams. As well as the Pitt offense played last week, the defense played horribly against a bad Duke team allowing 45 points on 619 yards. Will be tough for the Panthers to stop the elusive Bryce Perkins as he can run and throw the ball over the field. On the flip side, it will be almost equally as tough for the Cavaliers to stop the Pitt rushing attack as the Hoos defense against the run is far from the best.