It's been a trying week, but there's a full second half of the season remaining. Does anyone have a clue of what to expect today? I certainly don't. No result would be surprising. My fear is that poor pass protection will hurt RU's field position, and Wannstedt will be able to ride out Ray Graham (and play action to Jonathan Baldwin) to an ugly, special teams-centric victory.
You know Chas Dodd has seemed to regularly look for Jeremy Deering? That connection has to continue today if Rutgers is to pull off the upset. Pitt does not have very much depth in the secondary. Jabaal Sheard is going to be very difficult to contain, but hopefully Scott Vallone and our other guys up front will create havoc too.
In one other note, Pitt may burn the redshirt of freshman DE Bryan Murphy today. Greg Romeus is not expected to play, and backup Shayne Hale left the team. Murphy reportedly had a strong fall camp before being injured. Instead Dave Wannstedt chose to through T.J. Clemmings into the fire. That decision seemed odd at the time considering how raw Clemmings is (albeit, with limitless potential). Burning Murphy's redshirt halfway into the season is a pretty good indication that Clemmings is not ready just yet.
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