Rushing yards. So many rushing yards.
|AP Poll Rank||N/R||N/R|
|Points Per Game||35.4||31.1|
|Total Offense Per Game||422.7||431.4|
|Total Offense Per Play||5.5||6.1|
|Rushing Per Game||130.8||247.7|
|Rushing Per Att||3.6||5.4|
|Passing Per Game||291.9||183.8|
|Passing Per Att||7.3||7.4|
|3rd Down Conv.||42.1%||47.1%|
|4th Down Conv.||37.5%||55.6%|
|Red Zone Conv.||91.7%||88.4%|
|Points Allowed Per Game||41.9||26.3|
|Total Defense Per Game||510.3||334.8|
|Total Defense Per Play||6.4||5.4|
|Rushing Per Game||219.7||158.0|
|Rushing Per Att||4.8||4.4|
|Passing Per Game||290.7||176.8|
|Passing Per Att||8.6||6.7|
|Tackles for Loss||54.0||33.0|
|3rd Down Conv.||49.3%||31.9%|
|4th Down Conv.||37.5%||45.5%|
|Red Zone Conv.||17.5%||85.2%|
Some of these number would be frightening for UNC except everyone is used to them by now. As Paul mentioned, Panther RB James Conner racks up copious yardage giving the Panthers a nice, fat 247 yards per game or 5.4 yards per rushing attempt. Against UNC allowing 4.8 yards per game and third down conversions at 49%, Pitt could have a ball control field day.
On the other side of the ball, Pitt is giving up 5.36 yards per game which is 58th nationally. The Panthers are 43rd in passing yards per attempt and 76th in rushing yards per attempt. Considering UNC's rushing attack is virtually non-existent at this point and the Tar Heels will be down to T.J. Logan and Khris Francis, this particular deficiency may not hurt Pitt that much. The Panthers pass defense is a little better but overall Pitt's best weapon will be keeping UNC off the field with the rushing attack. This will be another game where should the Tar Heel offense sputter, things could get dicey very quickly.
Also of note, Pitt's field goal kicker Chris Blewitt is 11-13 on the season with one of those two misses coming on a potential game winning 26-yard field goal versus Duke.