ATLANTA (AP) - Pittsburgh is hoping its schedule provided the perfect setup for this week's challenge of defending Georgia Tech's spread-option offense.
Coach Paul Johnson's option offense is unlike any other attack on most teams' schedules. It can be an especially daunting challenge for Atlantic Coast Conference newcomers facing Georgia Tech for the first time in Johnson's six seasons. Syracuse, also new to the ACC, was crushed 56-0 by the Yellow Jackets only two weeks ago.
The offense won't be new to Pitt on Saturday night, however. The Panthers are coming off last week's 24-21 loss at Navy, which retained the spread-option offense when Johnson left Annapolis for Georgia Tech.
Even with the loss, Pitt gained valuable experience in preparing for Georgia Tech.