The Pittsburgh Panthers will enter the 2010 CFB season as the #19 ranked team according to the Sporting News. In three years at this school Head Coach Dave Wannstedt has won just 16 games. That would usually get a guy fired, but they did win ten games in 2009, and a bowl game. On top of all that some of his recruits have begun to bear fruit for this team. All of that combined is how Dave got a two year contract extension. Now the Panthers enter the 2010 season among the favorites to win the Big East Conference.
When I look at their 2010 schedule I see a couple of key dates. The first is the opener at Utah. If Pitt wants to be a big time program winning a tough game on the road is a great way to get started. On October 9th they travel to Notre Dame, and that is a game on national TV, it is a must win. November 26th they get West Virginia at home. It was a loss to this school that but a real damper on their 2009 season. They should be looking for a little payback this time around.
The offense has a lot of weapons starting with WR Jonathan Baldwin. He has torn up Big East defenses getting 57 catches for 1,111 yards and eight TD’s in 2009. Dion Lewis stepped in last year at RB and gained 1,799 yards as a true freshman. The QB position is a little unsettled as sophomore Tino Sunseri and junior Pat Bostick will duke it out for the right to lead the offense.
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