Hope your Christmas went well, friends. After a day of opening presents and stuffing yourselves silly, today's the day. Pitt takes on Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, so if you're not heading down to the game, here are the game day details for you:
Date: December 26th, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Ford Field (Detroit, Michigan)
TV Channel: ESPN
Last Year's Game: Central Michigan defeated Western Kentucky, 24-21
Spread: Bowling Green favored by six points earlier
Going to be an interesting game. Bowling Green has fared only so so in their games against better competition with the big conference championship win against Northern Illinois and win, but losses against Toledo, Indiana, and Mississippi State. They haven't beaten any of their major-conference foes this season, but are more than capable of knocking off a pretty mediocre Pitt team.
Check out our game day page with all of our articles on the contest and then stop back to comment live during our open gamethread during the game.
Street, Donald end their careers
With all due respect to guys like Tom Savage and other seniors that will be playing their final games of their Pitt careers on Thursday in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Bowling Green, most eyes will be on Devin Street (if he plays) and Aaron Donald.
Street finishes his career as the all time leading receiver in terms of catches and Donald has done, well, just about everything on defense, winning every major award out there that he could other than the Heisman.
Pitt will miss both next season for sure and with a new quarterback, will be starting over to a degree. Street's loss means that Tyler Boyd steps up to become the undisputed No. 1 receiver. Boyd is an incredible talent, but won't have the luxury of playing alongside Devin Street and certainly won't be sneaking up on any teams next year. In addition, developing chemistry with a new quarterback will take some time as well. But where Pitt could really suffer is defense.
In addition to losing guys like Jason Hendricks and K'Waun Williams, Donald's loss could really hurt on the line. No one else really stepped up as a pass rusher this season and if the line can't get enough pressure, things could be very difficult for the secondary. That unit struggled with Donald ... imagine what they might look like with two new starters and not having Donald.
Still, though, this isn't a time to look ahead just yet. Donald and Street deserve credit for two pretty unbelievable careers.
Matchup Simulation Stats
- This game has been simulated 51 times.
- Pittsburgh (2014) has won 16 times (31.4%), won by > 20 pts 2 times (3.9%)
- Bowling Green (2014) has won 35 times (68.6%), won by > 20 pts 8 times (15.7%)
- The average score is Pittsburgh (2014): 15.7 - Bowling Green (2014): 21.4, decided by < 5 pts 14 times (27.5%)
- The game has gone into overtime 1 times (2.0%)
Sim the game here
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