Gameday PReview: Pittsburgh
I do not know what to expect today but we will see what happens because VT-Pitt games are always ~interesting~.
Whenever Virginia Tech plays Pittsburgh, a couple of things go through my head. One of which is how stressful these games are because they always seem to come down to the wire. The second thing is my senior day in 2017.
Going into this game, I was thinking a lot about “lasts”, whether it was the last time I would be in North endzone jumping to Enter Sandman as a student, the last time I had to scramble to get a ticket to North (with the help from some friends), and the last time I would be able to attend six or seven games a year because, at that point, I had no idea what the future held for me with post-grad plans.
I remember a lot about this day, from putting on a Tyrod jersey that was my go-to for gamedays, walking over to tailgate at my friends’ house along Center St. before we took the walk to Lane and climb the steps into North. This was also the day when I had my first (and only) turkey leg and realized that I had been missing out on something truly amazing, and greasy.
We all know how the game ended. The Pitt offense was held at the goal-line as time was winding down and Lane E R U P T E D when we realized that Tech won this game. Enter Sandman started to play over the PA system a couple of times down the stretch. Everybody in the stadium wearing maroon and orange was hoping that we would continue to jump, especially following a Hokie victory. This came to fruition and it was one of my favorite moments in this 66,000 seat stadium.
Now let’s bring it back to 2020 and this game this afternoon.
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT.
And honestly, many of us do not know what we will watch this afternoon. However, this is a very important game for the direction of the season, especially with a team from Clemson, South Carolina visits an empty “terror dome” after we are idle next week.
Here is your Gameday PReview.
Virginia Tech Hokies (4-4, 4-3 ACC) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4, 3-4 ACC)
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Today marks the 20th game between the Hokies and the Panthers. Virginia Tech won the last matchup between these teams, 28-0. The Hokies hold an 11-8 series lead.
- Kickoff: 4:00 on ACC Network
- Play-by-Play: Chris Cotter
- Analyst: Eric Wood
- Sideline: Lericia Harris
Packed & Loaded 👍— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) November 19, 2020
Our threads & helmets are ready to roll to the Steel City! #HardHatMentality 👷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/2gyv3zNUP7
#25 JERSEY: Jalen Holston | Running Back | Redshirt Junior | Stockbridge, GA
2️⃣5️⃣ Awarded 🏅— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) November 19, 2020
Congrats to Jalen Holston!
👉🏽 https://t.co/gjkFHbN65S#HardHatMentality 👷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/dyJkGq5A55
Let's Go!!!— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) November 20, 2020
🏈 Tech at Pitt - 4 pm Saturday
📍 @HeinzField #HardHatMentality 👷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/w96lVjQU0i
SONS OF SATURDAY ARTICLES AND PODCASTS
Pitt Preview | Special Guest: Matej Sis
Lock$ of Saturday: Week 12
- Justin Cates: How Will the Hokies Fare in Pittsburgh?
- Ryan Roane: Masks, Brass, and Marching Band
- Grayson Wimbish: West Coast Report: Pittsburgh Preview
- Joey Robinson: Bryant Johnson Q&A: Virginia Tech Broadcaster Discusses His Career and How COVID-19 Has Affected It
- Sam Jessee: Lock$ of Saturday - Week 12
- Adam Rothe: Dining Hall Favorites - West End
- Grant Mitchell: 2020-21 Men's Basketball Season Preview - One Week Away
- Brett Smith: Prokies in the NFL - Week 10
SON(G)S OF SATURDAY PLAYLIST:
As always, ask Google/Alexa/Siri to queue Enter Sandman, yell "let's go... Hokies" a few times, #StartJumping, get your keys ready and it is a beautiful day to #BeatPitt.
Also, hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!