It's way too early for me to want to think about this question, but the guys over at Athlon don't have the same problem. The question? Can Pitt contend for the Big East title this fall.
The guys at Athlon have the same answer I do: In a nutshell - sure, why not.
I'm not quite ready to get to formal predictions just yet. Plus, some of it will depend on how the team looks in the fall, if they get through camp healthy, etc. We're still a long way from the beginning of the season.
Pitt is always kind of an enigma. They win games the shouldn't and always find a way to lose at least one or two that they shouldn't. That's one reason it's hard to predict where they'll finish and they Athlon guys seem to think along the same lines.
The Panthers can contend for the conference title if only because the Big East is still the Big East. Actually, the conference is even more down than normal with the loss of West Virginia. Pitt can beat any team in the Big East, but would losing to teams like UConn or South Florida really surprise you all that much.