When kickoff comes I know I will be extremely excited but looking at this game and trying to write columns has sucked all the anticipation out of me. Pitt should beat Iowa on a purely talent standpoint but I don't think any Panther fan will throw a bet down on this game. Iowa is a big name in college football but this year they aren't any great shakes despite being 3-0. Preseason I saw this game as the chance for Wannstedt to break out and prove he can win the game he always loses but now what would a win mean? 2-1 isn't terrible but nobody can look at the record and say that should have lost a game yet. If we lose and go 1-2 the season isn't over but any sort of national respect and a decent bowl could be out the window.
Many in the media and in the fanbase are saying this is the most important game of Wannstedt's time here at Pitt but I completely disagree. This game is the type of game Wannstedt always loses; home against a manageable opponent when we are the favorite and after a bye week. A narrow win would only mean that we are around the same level that we were coming off of the Buffalo win and a loss means we are back to square one. Iowa having some profile in college football is the built in excuse for the coaching staff if we lose this game.
Our only hope that this season is turned around is if we can manage a blowout. If in some crazy scenario we put a 25 point plus win on Iowa then I think people can start to get a little excited again but everybody knows this game is going to be close.
Sorry for the continued pessimism but I'm struggling to the see the positivity in a 1-1 season playing against a down Iowa team. On the plus side everybody there will be two podcasts this weekend, look for the first one tomorrow night.