It's the press, people.
Pittsburgh looked bad against East Tennessee State's pressure, what with Pitt PG Levance Fields (perhaps) still battling his groin injury. Fields said Friday, and repeated Saturday, that his groin is OK. "I told you yesterday I'm 100 percent," he said Saturday. "So I'm 100 percent today."
He better be. And he better be better than he was against ETSU, which forced him into five turnovers and eventually forced the ball out of his hands. Pittsburgh went other routes to handle the ETSU pressure -- and the Cowboys are quicker and stronger than ETSU.
"I expect them to see a press," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said of his players. "A 1-3-1 is what (OSU) has shown. We've handled presses well throughout the year. And ... we handled it much better in the second half of the last game."
Right. When Fields stopped handling the ball. Weird.
There's your key to the game. You're welcome.