Saturday, September 24, 2016
Kenan Memorial Stadium
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The Pittsburgh Panthers take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The opening line for this game has North Carolina as 7 point favorites. This season the Panthers are 0-3-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-1-0. The Tar Heels have an over/under record of 2-1-0 and they are 2-1-0 against the spread.
Nathan Peterman finished with 237 yards through the air for Pittsburgh last week. He completed 14 passes out of 29 attempts for a 48% completion percentage. The Panthers were led in rushing by James Conner, who finished with 111 yards on 24 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Jester Weah was the team leader in receiving with a total of 85 yards and 2 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 43 yards per reception. As a team in that game Pittsburgh got a total of 21 first downs. Of those first downs, 12 came on the ground while 9 came through the air. They ran 84 total plays for 527 yards for the game. The Panthers ran for 290 yards on 54 attempts.
Mitch Trubisky finished with 432 yards passing for North Carolina last week. He went 24 for 27, resulting in a 89% completion percentage. The Tar Heels were led on the ground by Elijah Hood, who finished with 106 yards on 18 carries. He ended the game with an average of 6 yards per rush. Ryan Switzer led the team in receiving with 101 yards and 5 catches. He finished the game with an average of 20 yards per reception. North Carolina had 30 first downs total. 9 came from running the ball and 18 came from a pass. They ran 65 total plays for 635 yards for the contest. The Tar Heels ran for 173 yards on 32 carries as a team.
Pittsburgh scores 36 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 48th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 14.7 passes on 26 attempts for a 56.4 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 167.7 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 106th in college football. The Panthers run for an average of 239 yards per game on 48 attempts for an average of 5 yards per carry. That ranks them 22nd in the nation. They also run 74 plays per contest and average 5.5 yards per play for an average of 406.7 yards per game, ranking their offense 74th overall this season. The Panthers average 19.7 first downs per game which ranks them 84th in the country. They accumulate 64 penalty yards per game via 7 penalties, which ranks 47th in the nation.
Pittsburgh allows 330.3 passing yards per game, ranking 124th in D-1, and they allow 30.3 points per contest on defense, which ranks 89th. They give up 22 completions on 37.7 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 58.4. The Panthers allow 75.7 rushing yards per game on 32 carries for an average of 2.4 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 10th in the country. Pittsburgh allows 406 total yards per game including 5.8 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 85th in terms of yards per game. They force 2.7 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.3 penalties for 48.3 yards per game, ranking them 33rd among D-1 teams.
North Carolina averages 42.7 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 21st in the country. In the passing department, they complete 24 passes per game on 32.7 attempts for a 73.5 percent completion percentage. They throw for 294.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 24th in Division 1. The Tar Heels run for an average of 176.3 yards per game on 29.3 attempts for an average of 6 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 65th on the ground. They also run 62 plays per game and average 7.6 yards per play for a total of 470.7 yards per game, ranking them 36th in the country on offense. The Tar Heels get an average of 23 first downs per game, which ranks 43rd in the nation. They average 85.7 penalty yards per game via 9.7 penalties, ranking them 15th in college football.
North Carolina allows an average of 199.3 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 47th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 28 points per contest, which has them ranked 79th in the nation. They give up 17.3 completions on 30.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.1 per game. The Tar Heels allow 226.7 rushing yards per contest on 46 carries for a 4.9 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 106th in the country. North Carolina allows 426 total yards per game for an average of 5.6 yards per play, which ranks 94th in D-1. They force 0.7 turnovers per contest and 9.7 penalties for 74.7 yards in each contest, ranking 108th in the nation.
Pittsburgh Betting Trends
Pittsburgh is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
Pittsburgh has an ATS record of 0-3-0 this season
North Carolina Betting Trends
North Carolina is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
North Carolina has an ATS record of 2-1-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/18/16 DB Damar Hamlin Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. North Carolina
09/18/16 WR Zach Challingsworth Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. North Carolina
09/16/16 DE Dewayne Hendrix Foot out indefinitely
09/16/16 WR Dontez Ford Collarbone out indefinitely
09/16/16 LB Elijah Zeise Ankle out indefinitely
08/31/16 WR Chris Wuestner Personal has left team
09/18/16 DE Dajaun Drennon Foot "?" Saturday vs. Pittsburgh U
09/18/16 DT Nazair Jones Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Pittsburgh U
09/18/16 DE Tomon Fox Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Pittsburgh U
09/14/16 LB Allen Artis Suspension out indefinitely
09/13/16 OT John Ferranto Pectoral out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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