3 Players Pitt Needs to Focus on to Beat West Virginia

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3 Players Pitt Needs to Focus on to Beat West Virginia
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Tavon Austin is a key player to stop.

Playing in the Backyard Brawl on the road is always a tough test for Pitt, especially when West Virginia has a high-powered offense led by quarterback Geno Smith.

New West Virginia coach Dana Holgorson has had little trouble getting his offense going, while Pitt's first-year coach Todd Graham has had some issues adjusting. Holgorson was Pitt's top choice to replace Dave Wannstedt last offseason, so there were some Pitt fans that were disappointed about ending up with Graham. A win here though, and that will all be forgotten.

For the young Panthers to pick up a win in this rivalry game and get to bowl-eligible status, there are a couple of key players that they need to focus on. This slideshow takes a look at the three most important players for Pitt to slow down.

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