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“Street is a tall guy and Boyd, a young guy, but he’s explosive,” Beamer said. “They’ve got about 44 catches between them. That, and they’ve got a big ol’ offensive line, all over 6-6 except the center, and defensively they fly around and are aggressive. A good football team.”

Like Virginia Tech, the Panthers’ lone loss came to a top-five team in the first week of the season (a 41-13 setback against Florida State). Since then, Pittsburgh has shown it can win a shootout (58-55 at Duke) and prevail in a low-scoring affair (14-3 against Virginia).

All of it adds up to what Beamer thinks will be Virginia Tech’s most important game to date.

“Both lost to a top-five football team and they’ve done very well since, so we’re on very similar paths in that regard,” Beamer said. “Big ballgame, conference game … it’s going to be a good game.”