#9 Pitt Panthers Big East Champions?

| | Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, right, makes a catch for a first down over Notre Dame cornerback Darrin Walls in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Pittsburgh won 27-22. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The 9th ranked Pittsburgh Panthers are on a quest for another bowl bid, but not just any bowl bid, they're playing for a bid into the elite National Championship game. After beating up on Notre Dame and adding the fuel (if you will) to an already burning situation with head coach Charlie Weiss, the Panthers have their sights on continuing their winning streak. 

Currently Pitt is 9th in the BCS with one ranked opponent left on their schedule (#5 Cincinnati ). Although this match up is the definitive of the last two, the Panthers can not overlook their present game in conference rival West Virginia. The Mountaineers aren't ranked but they are dangerous in games like this because the Panthers/ Mountaineers rivalry has lived up to be thee biggest rivalry in the Big East. 

Pitt holds the all-time series lead at 60-37-3, thanks in large part to a dominating 23-2 stretch from 1924 to 1951. West Virginia had owned a big edge in recent years -- until last season. In the 100th edition of the series, Pittsburgh scored a 13-9 upset in Morgantown to knock the Mountaineers out of the BCS title game. What had been mostly a regional rivalry gained national significance that day, which ensured that the "Backyard Brawl" would remain a heated battle.

Prediction : Panthers finish season 11-1  (LETS GO PITT!)


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