Sorry, I couldn't resist.
So how does this weekend's matchup shape up for Pitt? Well, put it this way - New Hampshire is actually one of the better I-AA FCS schools out there. They laid a 30-point beatdown
on fellow FCS school Central Connecticut State this past weekend. For their efforts, they were rewarded by moving up five spots in the coaches poll to #5 in the country.
Dating back to 2004, the Wildcats have won FBS games at Rutgers in front of 31,000 people, at Northwestern in front of 20,000, at Marshall in front of 27,000, at Army's historic Michie Stadium in front of the Corps of Cadets, and last year in front of 12,000 under the lights at Ball State's Scheumann Stadium. But this is the first NFL stadium they've visited since 1999, when they lost 42-41 in OT to South Florida at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
So what makes New Hampshire so good?
Pitt sophomore running back Dion Lewis knows what to expect from New Hampshire's defense at Heinz Field.
"Eight in the box," he said. "Nine in the box."
Welcome to stardom, Dion.
This weekend won't be the one in which to judge Lewis. I fully expect him to get off in this game, even if New Hampshire puts 11 in the box. The better week to judge if he's fully recovered from that Utah debacle is against Miami when he'll face another good defense. One thing we've all likely been a little spoiled by was the 150-yard performances he regularly put up last year. To expect that on a routine basis this season is foolish. Pitt is starting a new quarterback and defenses know that the passing game will struggle at times. Everyone is focused on stopping Lewis.
DeCicco is now officially listed as day-to-day but when asked him today Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said simply "he's doing fine" and then added "I'm not going to get into day-to-day injury things. He is doing fine. He is doing better, I should say."
UNH missed two extra-point attempts (one blocked) and a chip-shot field goal.
Pitt loves getting after punts and kicks so look for the special teams to be aggressive.
Bottom line is that Pitt needs to, and should, win this game. If they don't, look out.