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CBS Sports predicts a 7-5 season for Pitt football

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We’re still a ways off from a potential football season, even if one does happen in 2020. But CBS Sports has some ACC predictions out and they don’t expect too much from the Panthers.

Chip Patterson is the man with the analysis and here’s what he’s got to say about Pitt football:

Outside of the chaos win against North Carolina, I think this is closer to the floor than the ceiling for Pitt in 2020. Games against Miami, Virginia Tech and certainly at Virginia carry opportunities for wins that could see this total increase, though winning all three and the game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill is very unlikely. There’s a rugged regularity to what Pitt has become, where it’s far too sturdy of a program to expect anything less than a bowl game but it requires all the right breaks to take down its toughest division foes en route to a second ACC Championship Game appearance in three seasons.

I guess. I’m still somewhat high on the idea that this could be the year where Pitt really takes a step forward. Unjustified optimism? Maybe. So many key guys coming back and while they lost a little bit, I’m just really hoping to see more than seven wins. At some point, Pitt’s got to break through (right?) and I’m hoping this is the year.

Specifically, Patterson has Pitt beating Miami (OH), Marshall, Richmond, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Syracuse. He’s got losses to Miami, Notre Dame, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Virginia.

Again, sounds reasonable, I guess. I’m just hoping for a bit ... more.

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