Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sp
Let's be honest, when it comes to Pitt football, many fans expect the worst. Tomorrow's matchup against New Mexico should be a victory for the Panthers. The key word is should.
How many times has Pitt started a season by faltering against a lesser, non-conference opponent? Let's take a trip down memory lane...
- 2001: USF.
- 2003: Toledo
- 2005: Ohio
- 2007: Navy
- 2008: Bowling Green
- 2012: Youngstown State
I apologize for that list and the subsequent trips to your psychiatrist. Quite honestly, Pitt needs this game. In a season where the talent level higher and the opponents aren't the also-rans of the Big East, Pitt needs to start winning games it has a propensity to lose. Pitt does not need to win pretty or even by a lot (it would help to ease fears, just ask NC State fans), but it needs to win. Yes, New Mexico is bad. Yes, they lost their opener to UTSA (I'll save you the trouble of Googling: University of Texas at San Antonio). And yes, they're coached by Bob Davie. All of that should equal a win.
As Pitt fans we should know that nothing is certain in college football (like the influence of out-of-state relatives). The moral is this, Pitt needs a win to get their confidence before embarking on a stretch of three consecutive ACC Coastal Division games. We shouldn't overlook the importance of this game and neither should the Panthers. If they do, we'll have another sad result to add to the list above.