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Pitt is on course for its first ACC Coastal title.e Panthers being about to have as many divisional titles in the ACC as Miami Takkarist McKinley Jersey White , doing that comes with a risk. The danger is that you might miss what happened to make it a reality: the pureeing of historic proportions Pitt put on Virginia Tech in Week 11. This was supposed to be one of the closest games of the week. The S&P+ computer system picked the Hokies to win 31.3-31.0. It was the epitome of a tossup, with S&P+ liking Virginia Tech by about 3 points on a neutral field. Because this game was played at Heinz Field, the computer moved it to a 50/50 game. Human oddsmakers pegged Pitt as a 4-point favorite. That assessment still had it as one of the closer games in FBS this week. In reality, the game wasn’t close. Pitt won 52-22. But the 30-point margin doesn’t even start to tell the story of how epic a bludgeoning this was.Pitt’s 13.9 yards per play weren’t just the most in recent times. They were almost a half-yard better than anyone’s done since Reggie Bush’s Heisman year.The only other Power 5 game to get close involved a triple-option team playing Kansas. There’s no precedent at all for a team in this era having a day like Pitt had. The Panthers rang up: 654 yards of offense on 47 plays (13.9)492 rushing yards on 36 carries (13.7)162 passing yards on 7-of-11Pitt’s drive chart is one of the most impressive I have ever looked at. Wildly, even that table full of touchdowns doesn’t quite describe the game. Pitt had 10 possessions that weren’t just half-ending kneels. Seven were touchdowns, one was a field goal, one was a punt, and one was a touchback on a fumble from right before the goal line. Absent that fumble, Pitt would’ve had eight TDs in 10 true drives, which is really rare against a Power 5 peer: And, not to be inappropriate , but look at how long these things are: Virginia Tech forced a three-and-out right after halftime. Other than that, the Hokies did not hold Pitt to any real drives of fewer than 50 yards. Yet Pitt scored five of its touchdowns on drives of less than two and a half minutes, so the Hokies — while giving up alllllllllll of those points — still possessed the ball for 34 minutes and ran 86 plays to Pitt’s 47 plays. So it will not surprise you that the Hokies didn’t have much of an offensive game themselves. That led to this historic margin: Again, that doesn’t happen in Power 5-on-Power 5 games. The closest in the last 14 years involved Jameis Winston’s undefeated national champion Seminoles against a 7-6 team.The numbers are gobsmacking. Just as bizarre is watching the tape. The Panthers ran a variety of plays. All of them worked.Blowing open massive holes with zone blocking and fullback kick-outs? Check.Split zone looks, with the fullback mashing open a hole for a runner? Check.Other zone runs with the fullback creating holes? Check.Bootlegs with the QB running untouched for ages, as the fullback slows up the only guy with a chance of tackling him? Check. Thanks to lead blocker George Aston, Pitt’s offense is fullback erotica.Virginia Tech showed Pitt plenty of eight-man boxes, a hallmark of longtime coordinator Bud Foster’s, and it didn’t help at all. It looked on a few occasions like VT having so many defenders close to the line of scrimmage meant none of them had an angle once Pitt’s Darrin Hall or Qadree Ollison got a head of steam, which happened, like Black Austin Hooper Jersey , every play. It was like the Hokie defense was butter and the Pitt running backs were light sabers.You can watch college football for years and not see one Power 5 team to do another what Pitt did to Virginia Tech. This wasn’t Georgia Tech running over VT without throwing a single pass, but it was functionally the same. Pitt did the Hokies like only a flexbone option team should be able to do anyone. The Falcons rebounded from blowing the biggest lead in a Super Bowl by making it to the final eight, and by nearly advancing to the NFC title game. This year, they likely won’t go to the playoffs at all.After winning three in a row to even their record at 4-4, the Falcons have lost three games in 11 days to fall to 4-7. They can’t win the NFC South, even if they run the table and the 10-1 Saints lose their last five games. The best hope for Atlanta to make it to the playoffs will entail winning five in a row and hoping for plenty of help.With Ravens, at Packers, Cardinals, at Panthers, and at Buccaneers remaining on the docket, that will be a tall task. Assuming that the Falcons can’t win five in a row (and/or don’t get the help they’ll need to sneak in with nine wins) Austin Hooper Jersey 2019 , plenty of questions will be asked about the future of the franchise that will continue the streak of Super Bowl hosts not playing in the game.Coach Dan Quinn and G.M. Thomas Dimitroff have contracts that run through 2022. Although buyouts would be peanuts in comparison to the cost overruns at the team’s two-year-old stadium, not many owners pay highly-compensated employees to not work for four years. And so the question becomes whether offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian or defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel (or both) will take the fall.Sarkisian became an outside-the-box choice to replace Kyle Shanahan after Super Bowl LI, and persistent red-zone problems won’t work in Sark’s favor. And so the question becomes whether the Falcons can identify an offensive mastermind who will get the most out of quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones.As owner Arthur Blank ponders that possibility, the bigger question becomes whether to simply make that offensive mastermind the head coach, swapping out a defensive coach for an offensive coach in an age of high-powered offenses. Especially in light of the reality that any offensive mastermind who would fix the offense would then become a candidate to be whisked away by another team as its head coach, the same way Shanahan was.However it plays out, Blank has to be troubled by the regression, and like any astute businessperson he’ll be asking tough questions. Depending on the answers, hard decisions could be coming in Atlanta.

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