Saturday, December 5, 2009
Cincinnati-Pitt pre-game ponderables
By Brian Bennett
PITTSBURGH -- The snow has really picked up here at Heinz Field, but again, it's not accumulating on the field. It shouldn't have too much of an effect on the game.
Pitt corner Aaron Berry looks fine in warm-ups. He missed the West Virginia game with a shoulder injury and is vitally important to the Panthers' chances of slowing down the Cincinnati passing attack. Expect to see a lot of Elijah Fields in the nickel package as well.
There's a palpable buzz in the stadium, which isn't always the case here, especially for noon games. Should be a great atmosphere appropriate for this game.
Some other notes to consider, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:
- Since Brian Kelly became head coach, Cincinnati is 32-0 when leading going into the fourth quarter.
- Seemingly no third down is too long for Cincinnati to convert. The Bearcats lead the nation by averaging 8.25 yards per play on third downs this season.
- Pitt has been one of the most productive teams on first downs this season, averaging over seven yards per play.