It's game day and before we kick things off with our open gamethread, CBS Sports has a preview of the game to take a look at.The site says the game is worth watching for a few reasons:
Watchability: While Pittsburgh's opener doesn't have the intrigue of some of its other high-profile September matchups, there's plenty of reasons to tune into Saturday's game. If senior running back Ray Graham is cleared by the medical staff, it will be the Walter Camp Award nominee's first game back since tearing his ACL in his right knee last fall. Senior quarterback Tino Sunseri also has first chance to erase the memories of a forgettable junior season.
I might get killed for this here, but another reason it might be worth watching is that Youngstown State could make things interesting if Pitt refuses to show up. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, though.
There's another good point made in the preview:
You going? Ranking the road trip: The drive from Youngstown, Ohio to Pittsburgh lasts just more than an hour in light traffic. If a large contingent of Penguins fans makes the trip, they will likely encounter an unfriendly atmosphere at Heinz Field. Pitt fans have a reputation for being tough on visitors.
Early season weak non-conference games are notorious for producing light turnouts. That doesn't matter many times, but with the away team being so close, the last thing we want are a small sea of red jerseys in the stands. But I expect the turnout to be a little better than normal for FCS opponents because it's the first game of the Paul Chryst era and that alone should draw a little more interest than normal.