A lot of games are extraordinarily difficult to predict. Pitt's game against Virginia Tech on Thursday seems like one of those.
The Hokies have clearly looked more impressive than the Panthers if you take their entire body of work. As I said in the preview, they've been impressive. Combine that with the fact that Pitt has dropped three straight games, and there's plenty of reason to pick against the Panthers here.
As far as our staff goes, as you might expect, we had a bit of a mixed bag. Chris, Aron, and I are all going with Pitt. Jim, and Stephen however, are taking the Hokies. As always, I'll let everyone else explain their picks if they want in the comments section, but there are a few reasons I'm taking the Panthers here.
Pitt not only gets the game at home but also in what could be a good atmosphere with a weeknight game. Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer has been lackluster this year and in four of the team's six games, he's had at least two interceptions. Pitt's secondary has struggled some, but with him also having thrown at least one pick in every game so far this year, they'll have a good chance for a takeaway.
Pitt was also downright impressive last we saw the team in the second half against Virginia and with the three straight losses, you really like to think they're going to come out looking to play. The bye week should have given them some of their focus back.
That's no guarantee Pitt will win, of course. But as for me, I like their chances, despite playing a very good team.
Here are the official picks of the staff:
Anson (4-2): Pitt
Aron (4-2): Pitt
Chris (4-2): Pitt
Jim (4-2): Virginia Tech
Stephen (4-2): Virginia Tech
Be sure to weigh in below in the comments section and give us your picks.