Here's a short summary of the Week 5 performances of each remaining team that Pitt plays.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights won an ugly game up in the Carrier Dome 19-16 in double overtime. Rutgers and Syracuse combined for nine turnovers in the game and 21 penalties. Rutgers alternated QBs throughout the game, going between Chas Dodd and Gary Nova, a former Pitt commit. Neither one stood out in the game so expect something similar next week. Rutgers fans can talk all they want about Savon Huggins, but the Knights only managed five total rushing yards against the Orange. No kidding. Five yards.
Next week: vs. Pitt @ 3:30 on ESPNU
Utah: The Utes lost their Pac-12 home opener to Washington 31-14. Utah was killed by turnovers, as they had five total as opposed to just one for the Huskies. Like Rutgers, Utah did very little on the ground, amassing just 17 total rushing yards. Starting QB Jordan Wynn injured his left shoulder in the third quarter and was replaced by junior Jon Hays.
Next week: vs. Arizona State @ 3:30
Connecticut: UConn proceeded to embarrass the Big East by losing 38-31 to Western Michigan at home. The Huskies fared well on offense, gaining 450 yards of total offense. However, they couldn't stop WMU QB Alex Carder, who threw for 479 yards and five TDs. A key reason was the loss of CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson due to a sprained MCL he suffered last week.
Next week: @ West Virginia @ noon on ESPN3
Cincinnati: The Bearcats started slow (leading only 6-0 at halftime), but managed to beat rival Miami (OH) on the road 27-0. Zach Collaros had an off day, only throwing for 251 yards, with a TD, and two picks. RB Isaiah Pead also struggled, only rushing for 49 yards on 18 carries. Cincinnati also fumbled twice and for the first time this season was on the losing end in the turnover margin. However, their defense forced a shutout and held the Redhawks to -3 in rushing yards and 3 of 17 on third down conversions.
Next week: Bye
Louisville: The Cardinals also did their best to embarrass the conference, losing 17-13 to Marshall at home. It was a terrible outing offensively for Louisville, gaining only 281 yards of total offense. The Cardinals are young and it showed in the amount of penalties Louisville committed - 11 penalties for 91 yards. The Cardinals were also dominated in time of possession (34:48 for Marshall vs. 25:16 for Louisville).
Next week: @ North Carolina @ noon on ESPN3
West Virginia: The Mountaineers overcame an early 10-3 deficit to rout Bowling Green (I'm still in shock over that game) 55-10. For the first time this season, WVU managed to actually move the ball on the ground. Dustin Garrison ran for an amazing 291 yards (second most in school history) and two scores. WVU also managed 643 yards of offense while holding Bowling Green to 217 and shut them out from the second quarter on.
Next week: vs. Connecticut @ noon on ESPN3
Syracuse: The Orange managed to remind us of how times were for Pitt fans the past six seasons - losing in ugly fashion at home to Rutgers.
Next week: @ Tulane @8:00