Very impressive rushing offense, and Pittsburgh's patented heavy box on defense forced Hooker to win this game throwing. Sometimes when you have an aggressive defense like this, you just have to give a guy credit for answering your challenge; I still think a conference championship is in the realm of possibility for Pitt.
Poor Pitt. An initially strong showing against the Vols fell flat as QB1 Kedon Slovis got injured halfway through the game. Pitt led an incredible effort to turn the tide and win the game in OT, but it was in vain as Tennessee walked off, surviving a 34-27 thriller in Pittsburgh. Because of their ill luck and fortune, I don't feel right unranking Pitt, so at 25 they should stay. Hopefully Slovis returns in time for ACC play, as Pitt had high hopes of rerunning their 2021 success and winning another conference title. Of course, their OLine needs some serious work, and their defense had a lousy day, allowing 416 yards of offense from Tennessee. Defensive-minded HC Pat Narduzzi can hopefully get the defense back in working order, and hopefully in time to make a serious run for the ACC.
Pitt is another team that lost, yet moved up in my poll. A combination of teams above them losing to inferior opponents and losing to a ranked team in overtime without your starting QB will do that. Sneaky tough game at Western Michigan this week, then Rhode Island the next before starting ACC play. Hopefully they get back to 100% before then.