It’s nearly Miami vs. Pittsburgh game time. This Miami vs. Pittsburgh game is getting primetime treatment from ESPN for East Coast viewers, so switch off Grey’s Anatomy and CSI and get over to a game that could be way more competitive than advertised. Sure, both the Miami Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Panthers are now 0-1 after tough losses early in their 2010 schedule, but that gets set aside when they play Thursday night. This game could be extremely important later in the season when the BCS ranking start to come into focus, raising the stakes for both teams.
Miami had to face a very tough Ohio State Buckeyes team in week 2 of the college football season, and the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes beat them badly. Now it’s time to rebound strong before ACC play begins, and they can cement their place in the Top 25 this season if they can beat a really good Pittsburgh team. It’s not going to be the easiest task, though, as the Miami running game has got to come up bigger than it has in the first two games. It’s also a road game, so while it makes the game tougher to win, it also raises the value of this win if Miami can find a way to pull it out.
Pittsburgh was also in the Top 25 during week one of the 2010 college football season, but ended up being upset by Utah. That Utah game was on the road, though, Pittsburgh took it into overtime, and now Utah is the No. 13-ranked team in the country. Utah got that ranking by beating Pittsburgh, and it’s hard to believe that the Panthers didn’t sneak back into the Top 25 this past week. If they can handle Miami on Thursday night, they will probably supplant the Hurricanes in the polls, and that would be the best trophy to take away from the game. It we are talking about Pittsburgh posting a strong non-conference resume, they need this one to have a shot at the BCS picture again.
The Miami vs. Pittsburgh game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. EST) on ESPN this Thursday, Sept. 23. It could be considered by many outside of the SEC to be the game of the week, even though coverage of the Alabama vs. Arkansas game is going to overshadow anything else that takes place in college football this week. That’s not so bad, though, because both Miami and Pittsburgh have got to win this game to gain some respect for their conferences, and possibly propel one of the two schools into the Top 15 in two weeks.