A little late with today's gamethread as I've been on the go all day, but Pitt has an important game with Notre Dame at 4:00 p.m. today.
The Irish don't have the look of a great team this year, but have been known to give the Panthers fits over the years. It's also a big test for the Panthers because it's the team's first true road game this year. Pitt has played some neutral site games, but so far have mostly been at home. Regardless of the opponent, any road game can be a challenging one when you're a team like Pitt that, while pretty good, isn't a Top 5 team or anything.
Both teams are coming off of wins as Pitt recently defeated Georgia Tech and Notre Dame routed Boston College. But the Irish have four losses already on the season and to Virginia, Alabama, Indiana, and Monmouth. The Monmouth loss sounds terrible but the Hawks already have ten wins this year and have defeated Georgetown, USC, and Rutgers as well. Notre Dame has also beaten major-conference programs Illinois, Iowa, and Boston College.
One reason to like Pitt here is that Notre Dame, like some other teams Pitt has faced, isn't that deep. They have seven main contributors playing more ten minutes or more per game this year while the Panthers have 11, not even including redshirt-to-be Jonathan Milligan. Pitt has more depth than most teams they'll probably face and that's certainly the case here.
An interesting aspect is that the Irish are actually favored in this one, despite Pitt being ranked and having a significantly better record. Notre Dame does get the game at home, which helps them, but to see the Panthers as a five-point underdog was a little surprising.
Game time at 4:00 p.m. and locally, it's here on ROOT Sports.