Thanks to a great offer ($29.99 for one year), I opened my first Sports Illustrated magazine since my last subscription about a year ago. Fortunately for me, I was just in time to catch the College Football Preview Issue. If you don't have it, I'd encourage you to pick up a copy - well worth the money for a newsstand issue as the previews are excellent.
In it, Pitt is ranked 16th and picked to win the Big East. Cincinnati was the only other Big East team ranked at 18th.
SI also picked the records of teams and predicts Pitt will go 9-3. I've been giving this more and more thought as the season gets closer, and the more I think about it, the more that sounds about right to me.