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Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi doesnt think the Panthers are ready to compete for an ACC championship and perhaps more in 2017.That thought came and went a while ago.We were ready to compete this year, https://www.hiwhitesoxgearfan.com/chicago-white-sox-jersey/melky-cabrera-jersey Narduzzi told Sporting News. Were one play away from beating North Carolina. Were one play away from beating Oklahoma State. Were one play from beating Virginia Tech. Were seconds away from winning all three of those games. We couldve competed this year if things go our way.Pitt takes on Northwestern on Wednesday in the Pinstripe Bowl, and that could be a springboard into something more next season. Perhaps no team signified the roller-coaster ride that is college football more https://www.hiwhitesoxgearfan.com/chicago-white-sox-jersey/ivan-nova-jersey than the Panthers in 2016.MORE: Well start with the good. Pitt beat Clemson which won the ACC championship and Penn State whichwon the Big Ten championship. Running back James Conners return from Hodgkins lymphoma was the seasons mostinspirational story, and the Panthers extended their bowl streak to nine seasons in Narduzzis second season.Those three close lo ses by 11 points were to teams that combined for a 26-11 record. Of course, there were other wild games. Miami beat Pitt 51-28. Pitt beat Syracuse 76-61. There were a lot of wild-and-crazy games in there. Yet the season was defined by that on Nov. 12. Narduzzi delivered a matter-of-fact me sage to his team afterward.The me sage (was) we could beat anybody when we bring that energy and emotion into a game, Narduzzi said. We came in with the right mindset and took that into the rest of our season.So if youre looking for a team that could use a bowl win as a springboard into something more, then it might be the Panthers. Of course, there will be challenges. Conner declared for the NFL, quarterback Nathan Peterman is gone and offensive coordinator Matt Canada .There are holes to fill, but Narduzzi is following a personalized model derived from his experience as Michigan States https://www.hiwhitesoxgearfan.com/chicago-white-sox-jersey/blank-jersey defensive coordinator from 2007 to 2014. Hes building around the offensive and defensive lines, and hes recruiting with a wider range.We really get to go both directions, which is nice, Narduzzi said. At Michigan https://www.hiwhitesoxgearfan.com/chicago-white-sox-jersey/nicky-delmonico-jersey (State) we got to go south and that was about it. Were in New Jersey now and were going to Ohio now. I dont think you could have two better bordering states and to be able to get down to Virginia and Maryland, where weve tried to recruit before.Pitts next step is to close those gaps those one-play-away lo ses and compete for an ACC championship. This is a program that is ready to compete again, and Narduzzi reiterated that the Panthers are close to being an 11-win team.MORE: Again, he thought that would happen this season.Were beating everybody were supposed to and were winning a good majority of the games were not supposed to against good football teams, Narduzzi said. Those are eight-, nine-, 10-, 11-win football teams. Were playing a great schedule and winning a lot of games which maybe we shouldnt be. Thats a tribute to our coaches and players.That path to contention starts with the Pinstripe Bowl.Its certainly a springboard into the 2017 https://www.hiwhitesoxgearfan.com/chicago-white-sox-jersey/yonder-alonso-jersey season, Narduzzi said. You do that with a win. A win helps you do that.