Before I went to Heinz Field on Monday, I predicted Pitt would lose, 28-13, to Florida State. I also said coach Paul Chryst has Pitt pointed in the right direction.
The final was 41-13, and Pitt looked worse than I thought. The road Chryst, his staff and players must travel is long and treacherous. Fans must go against their nature and be patient, or they will be disappointed and discouraged for the next two or three seasons.
The talent disparity between Pitt and Florida State is clear and it is wide. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is one of college football’s top recruiters. When he has 11 players drafted by the NFL, which is what happened this year, you can barely tell when the next team lines up the following season.
Pitt has had four coaches in the past 33 months. As much as anything, that’s why the final was 41-13.
– Lost in the chaos was the outstanding play of senior wide receiver Devin Street, who recorded a career-high 141 receiving yards, beating his previous best (140) set against Temple last year. Street and Tyler Boyd and quarterback Tom Savage will keep Pitt competitive in most ACC games this season.
– Pitt has allowed 79 points and 920 yards in its past two games, including a loss to Ole Miss in the BBVA Compass Bowl last season. Ole Miss and Florida State beat Pitt with speed, on both sides of the ball.
– Pitt is off this weekend and resumes play Sept. 14 against New Mexico, a 21-13 loser to Texas-San Antonio last Saturday. Texas-San Antonio did not have a football program before 2011.