Pittsburgh at Duke College Football Picks & Predictions 10/21/2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium
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The Pittsburgh Panthers head to Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium to play the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Duke as 8 point favorites. The total has been set at 50.5. The Panthers are 1-4-2 against the spread and their over/under record is 1-5-1. The Blue Devils are 4-2-1 against the spread and their over/under mark is 2-5-0.
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Valuable Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 1-5-1 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 1-4-2 against the spread
Important Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends
The Duke Blue Devils are 2-5-0 against the over/under
The Duke Blue Devils are 4-2-1 against the spread
Key Pittsburgh Panthers Injuries
10/15/17 LB Anthony McKee Jr. Upper Body "?" Saturday vs. Duke
10/15/17 RB Chawntez Moss Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Duke
10/15/17 WR Dontavius Butler-Jenkins Leg "?" Saturday vs. Duke
10/15/17 FB George Aston Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Duke
10/08/17 QB Max Browne Shoulder out for season
09/22/17 FB Colton Lively Upper Body out for season
09/22/17 WR Michael Vardzel Upper Body out for season
09/06/17 LB Quintin Wirginis Lower Body out indefinitely
08/25/17 WR Tre Tipton Knee out for season
Key Duke Blue Devils Injuries
09/08/17 C Will Taylor Knee out indefinitely
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 87th in the country in points scored with 163. They have run 490 plays this year for 2,479 yards, which ranks them 41st in Division 1 in total offense. The Panthers average 5.1 yards per play, which is 105th in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 137 1st downs this season, ranking them 48th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Pittsburgh has run for 796 yards as a unit, which ranks 103rd in college football. They've run 243 times, averaging 3.3 yards per rush as a unit. The Panthers have been penalized on offense 24 times for 231 yards so far this year, which has them 123rd in the country in penalties. Ben DiNucci has passed for 612 yards this year. He's completed 55 throws while attempting 97 passes for a completion percentage of 56.7%. His quarterback rating this season is 113. He averages 5.5 adjusted yards per throw and 6.3 yards per pass attempt.
Pittsburgh is 110th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 220. They have given up a total of 3,152 yards on D, which is 118th in D-1. The Panthers are 125th in yards per play allowed with 6.8. Opponent offenses have completed 125 throws on 210 attempts against the Pittsburgh Panthers defense this season, ranking them 85th and 79th in the nation. The Pittsburgh pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,880 yards in the air, which is 119th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 252 attempts for 1,272 yards this season, putting them in 99th place in the country against the run. The Panthers have had 30 penalties for 242 yards on defense this year. That places them 18th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Pittsburgh is 40th in the country in punt returns with 12. They've totaled 212 punt return yards and average 17.7 yards per return, which is 8th in D-1. They have returned 22 kicks for 434 yards on special teams, which puts them 34th in kick return yardage. The Panthers average 20 yards per kick return and they are 57th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,125. The Pittsburgh Panthers have tried 10 field goals this year and made 7, which is 65th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 70%. Pittsburgh Panthers kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 18 for 18 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,612 yards on 36 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. That ranks them 18th in the NCAA in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Blue Devils have run for 1,337 yards as a team, which ranks 30th in college football. They've run 303 times, averaging 4.4 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Duke Blue Devils have been penalized on offense 37 times for 348 yards so far this season, which has them 71st in the country in penalties. They are 51st in the nation in points scored with 199. They have run 572 plays this season for 2,803 yards, which ranks them 67th in Division 1 in total offense. Duke averages 4.9 yards per play, which is 115th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 166 1st downs this year, placing them 13th overall as an offensive unit. Daniel Jones averages 5.4 yards per pass attempt and 5 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 143 passes on 257 attempts for a completion percentage of 55.6%. His quarterback rating this year is 105.1. He has thrown for 1,398 yards this season.
The Duke Blue Devils rush defense has allowed 225 attempts for 797 yards this year, putting them in 35th place in D-1 against the run. Duke has committed 46 penalties for 434 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 104th in college football. They are 45th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 137. They have surrendered a total of 2,231 yards on D, which is 48th in the country. The Blue Devils are ranked 43rd in yards per play allowed with 5.2. Opposing offenses have completed 111 passes on 207 attempts against the Duke defense this season, placing them 58th and 76th in Division 1. The Duke Blue Devils pass defense has also given up a total of 1,434 yards through the air, which is 76th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Duke Blue Devils have attempted 12 field goals this season and made 10, which is 31st in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 83%. Duke kickers have made 96% of their extra points, going 23 for 24 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,684 yards on 41 punts, averaging 41 yards per punt. That places them 79th in Division 1 in punting average. Duke is ranked 59th in the nation in punt returns with 10. They've accumulated 40 punt return yards and average 4 yards per return, which is 101st in college football. They have returned 14 kicks for 370 yards on special teams, ranking 49th in kick return yardage. The Duke Blue Devils average 26 yards per kick return and they are 44th in the country in all-purpose yards with 3,213.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Blue Devils college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Panthers +8
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