Best: Keeping in line with last year (as well as most of the Par Narduzzi era) Pitt remains all over the place. The Panthers still have trouble scoring, where they scored just 287 points last season. The lack of explosive play makers at all skill positions, combined with helplessness in the red zone allow for the Irish defense to dominate. The game ends up being the best defensive showing of the season against Power Five opponents.
The Irish offense move the ball efficiently against a good Pitt defense, and win a game where the score does not tell the true story.
Worst: Pitt plays more like it did against Miami, and less like against North Carolina and Syracuse. With 13 of the top 15 tacklers back, Pitt’s defensive experience helps slow down the Irish offense. The quarterback situation is resolved, and finally a running back emerges that can finally make a dent in what James Connor did a few years ago.
It’s bowling shoe ugly, but Notre Dame comes out with the win.