Pittsburgh Panthers vs Eastern Michigan Eagles Pick, Odds, Quick Lane Bowl Prediction 12/26/2019
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Eastern Michigan Eagles
Date: Thursday, December 26, 2019
Quick Lane Bowl
Location: Ford Field in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Michigan +10.5
Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh Panthers go to Ford Field on Thursday, December 26, 2019 where they'll take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles in the Quick Lane Bowl. The odds on this contest have Pittsburgh as 10.5-point favorites. The Panthers are 7-5-0 ATS and 3-9-0 when betting on the total. The Eagles are 7-3-2 when wagering on the over/under and 5-7-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Pittsburgh Panthers faced the Boston College Eagles and took the defeat by a score of 26-19. Leading the way at QB for the Panthers was Kenny Pickett who went 30/40 with 323 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He gave away 1 interception during the game. Vincent Davis paced the team on the ground for that game. He broke a long run for 39 yards and he notched 1 touchdown for the game. He scurried for 45 yards via 5 carries which meant he was running for 9.0 yards per run. Jared Wayne was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 100 yards on 6 catches. He had an average of 16.7 yards per catch for that game. The Panthers rushed the ball a total of 24 times and earned 71 yards earning them an average of 3.0 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, the Panthers got 22 first downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 19 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. In all, they ran 65 plays which added up to 394 yards. When discussing the defense, Pittsburgh gave up 9 completions on 19 tries for a total of 123 yards, and a completion percentage of 47.4%. For the game, they conceded 387 yards but finished the game without a turnover. Against the run, the Panthers gave up 264 yards on 60 attempts which means they had an average of 4.4 yards per carry allowed.
The Panthers come into this matchup with a record of 7-5 in 2019. For total yardage, they currently sit at 12th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 96th in Division 1 with 4,489 yards. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the country with an average of 20.1 points per game, putting them 116th in Division 1. As a team, they have an average of 120.7 rushing yards per game which is 14th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing 21.8 points per game ranking them 3rd in the conference. In discussing yards rushing, Pittsburgh is giving up 106.9 yards per game which has them at 2nd in the conference and 10th in college football. Opposing teams are running for an average of 2.9 yards per rush ranking them 1st in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 7th in D-1 overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,283 yards rushing through 12 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Panthers have allowed 3,041 yards. Opponents are completing 50.5% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 6.2 yards per try.
In their last game, the Eastern Michigan Eagles went up against the Kent State Golden Flashes and were defeated 34-26. Shaq Vann paced the team on the ground during the game. He had a long run of 30 yards and he tallied 1 TD in the game. He ran for a total of 73 yards via 18 carries which meant he was running for 4.1 yards per tote. Arthur Jackson III led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 129 yards on 4 receptions. He averaged 32.3 yards per reception during the game. Leading the way at QB for the Eagles was Mike Glass III who went 29/37 with 386 yards through the air and threw 3 touchdowns. He walked away with 2 interceptions during the game. The Eagles ended up rushing 33 times and racked up a total of 123 yards earning them an average of 3.7 yards per attempt. On the day, the Eagles totaled 23 1st downs and they had 9 penalties for 68 yards telling us that this team had an undisciplined week of practice. For the game, they ran 70 plays for a total of 509 yards. When discussing the defense, Eastern Michigan gave up 17 catches on 23 throws for a total of 197 yards, and a completion percentage of 73.9%. In the game, they allowed a total of 450 yards and forced 1 turnover. On the ground, the Eagles gave up 253 yards on 51 tries which gave them an average of 5.0 yards per attempt allowed.
The Eagles come into this game with a record of 6-6. Eastern Michigan needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 123.1 rushing yards per contest, putting them 119th in college football. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,477 rushing yards through 12 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Eagles average 402.8 yards per game overall putting them 67th in Division 1 and 6th in the conference. The Eagles are allowing 30.3 points per game ranking them 7th in the Mid-American Conference and 86th in D-1. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road groups in the country. They are allowing 225.8 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Eagles are currently ranked 8th in the Mid-American Conference. When talking about points given up, they have given up 364 total points. In discussing yards on the ground, they are giving up 202.4 yards per contest ranking them 109th in college football and 8th in the MAC. For this season, they have given up a total of 2,429 rushing yards and 28.8 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Eagles college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Panthers -10.5
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