Pitt's football season started in the worst possible way. A loss to an FCS team and a blowout to a conference foe had many Panthers fans, including myself, wondering if the season was already lost. But wins in four of the last six games have the Panthers back at .500 and fans are finally feeling more confident about their team.
One of the reasons for this newly found confidence is the inspiring play of senior quarterback Tino Sunseri. Tino has been downright solid this season, silencing the naysayers. Sunseri's improvement, coupled with a slowly gelling offensive line has turned around Pitt's season. Now the Panthers have a chance to at least make a bowl, and possibly a splash.
The 4-4 Panthers travel this weekend to South Bend to take on the third ranked team in the BCS, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Irish, fresh off an impressive performance at Oklahoma, are looking to avoid a letdown. The Panthers are looking to score an upset. I think Pitt has a great chance to upset the Irish, but even if they don't, the Panthers' last three games are very winnable.
Wins against UConn, Rutgers, and South Florida would make the Panthers 7-5. In my mind that would be a successful season for the Panthers. It's possible and it can start this weekend against Notre Dame. In any case, I like what I have seen from this team and from the coaching staff. I've noticed improvements and progress. After a rocky start, Pitt is headed in the right direction. At least for now.