Pittsburgh Media Predictions for Pitt Football in 2022

Winning the 2021 ACC Football Championship changed expectations for the Pitt Panther program.

In the past, a good season consisted of winning eight games and earning a mid-level bowl bid.

This is no longer the case as we begin the 2022 season.

Right or wrong, the stakes have been raised for Pitt, and people are expecting—and predicting—big things in the upcoming season.

Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with a number of local media members to get a complete win prediction along with all the other commentary leading up to tonight’s backyard showdown against West Virginia.

As you can see, predictions of seven or eight total wins are a thing of the past.

Chris Carter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
11-2: “Pitt has a strong lineup with depth on both sides of the ball. They won’t make it through the ACC schedule unscathed as I see them stumbling against Virginia. But they will do enough to reach the ACC Championship game again. If they face Clemson there, I like that matchup for the Panthers. Then it will just come down to who they will be matched up against in the postseason. But this should be a huge year for Pat Narduzzi to show where his program can go.”

Chris Peek, Pantherlair (Rivals): 10-2

Chris Mack, 93.7 FM “The Fan”
10-2: “Loses to Tennessee and Miami, then a loss to NC State in the ACC championship game.”

Bob PompeaniKDKA-TV Sport
10-2: “This is going to be another VERY good season for Pete. They will win the Coastal Division. I think they will have two losses (Miami and one of the non-conference games). They would end up losing to Clemson in the ACC Championship game in a very, very tough game.

Harry PsarosPittsburgh Sports Now
9-3: “Pitt has a rich, talented roster, but a few of the away games have me concerned (North Carolina and Miami in particular). If I knew for sure, Slovis was the next coming of Kenny Pickett, I’d say 10-2. H2P?”

Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/93.7 FM “The Fan”
12-2: “The Panthers will go 11-1 and win the Coastal, lose to Clemson in the ACC title game and then win the Orange Bowl (Clemson will be in the playoff, which this year is the Peach Bowl).

Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV
8-4: “The start of the season will be the toughest Pitt has had in years and will let us know very early if these Panthers can take the next step after the foundation laid by the 2021 ACC Champions. Excited to see if the Panthers can provide offensive balance , which Pat Narduzzi has been preaching all offseason.”

Mike Farrell, MikeFarrellSports.com: 8-4

Joe Starkey, 93.7 FM “The Fan”
12-0: “Pitt goes 12-0 behind Heisman candidate Kedon Slovis, then loses in 7 overtime to NC State in ACC championship game with Russell Wilson in attendance.”

Josh Taylor, KDKA-TV Sports
10-2: “Another Coastal Division title and a loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship game.”

Chris Mueller, 93.7 FM “The Fan”
11-1: “They’re going to lose to Miami and then lose a thriller to Clemson in the ACC championship game.”

Rich Walsh, KDKA-TV Sports
9-3: “Expectations are high for the Panthers. This team is built to win more games, but I worry that the offense will get off to a slow start considering they have a new coordinator and a new quarterback. I think they will have trouble with a few usual suspects like North Carolina and Miami.

George Michalowski, Pittsburgh Sports Now / The Portal Report
10-2: “Loses at Miami and North Carolina.”

Jeff Hawthorne, 93.7 FM The Fan
10-2: “The Panthers are the deepest they’ve been in over a decade. They will have the advantage in the trenches in most games and I expect them to continue to play. Finishing with four of the last five on the road will be a challenge.

Tim Benz, columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
9-3: “Pitt to win ACC Coastal Division.”

Alan Saunders, Pittsburgh Sports Now / Steelers Now
9-3: Allen on his thoughts on Pitt’s season:

Saunders: Pitt faces a new type of challenge, a new definition of success in 2022.

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