Pittsburgh vs Virginia Tech NCAA Football Tips 11/23/2019
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia Tech -3.5
Hendon Hooker and the Virginia Tech Hokies play the Pittsburgh Panthers at Lane Stadium on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Virginia Tech opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The Panthers are 7-3-0 ATS and 3-7-0 when betting on the total. The Hokies are 4-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-5-0 against the spread.
In their last contest, the Pittsburgh Panthers played the North Carolina Tar Heels and earned the win by a score of 34-27. A.J. Davis led the team in rushing during the game. He tore off a long run of 8 yards and he added 1 TD for the contest. He racked up a total of 58 yards via 19 carries which meant he was running for 3.1 yards per run. Shocky Jacques-Louis was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 104 yards on 4 catches. He earned an average of 26.0 yards per reception during the game. Running the show from under center for the Panthers was Kenny Pickett who went 25/41 with 359 yards passing and completed 1 TD. He ended the game without an interception. The Panthers ended up rushing 37 times and earned a total of 139 yards which had them averaging 3.8 yards per carry. In all, they ran 78 plays for 498 yards. For the contest, the Panthers earned a total of 27 first downs and they totaled 10 infractions for 83 yards telling us that this team was extremely undisciplined. On the defensive side of the ball, Pittsburgh allowed 27 completions on 43 attempts totaling 322 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.8%. In the running game, the Panthers allowed 136 yards on 35 carries which gave them an average of 3.9 yards per attempt allowed. In the game, they gave up 458 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
The Panthers step onto the field holding a record of 7-3 for this season. For total yardage, they sit in 8th in the ACC and 80th in the nation with 3,918 yards. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation averaging 22.2 points per game, ranking them 106th in the nation. As a unit, they are averaging 131.7 rushing yards per game which is 12th in the conference. The Panthers have one of the top tier defenses in the country, giving up 20.8 points per game ranking them 3rd in the Atlantic Coast Conference. When it comes to yards through the air, the Panthers have allowed 2,601 yards. Opponents are completing 49.9% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.9 yards per try. In discussing yards on the ground, Pittsburgh is giving up 90.9 yards per game ranking them 1st in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 7th in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 2.8 yards per carry putting them 1st in the conference and 7th in the country overall. In total, they have conceded 909 yards rushing through 10 games.
The last time they took the field, the Virginia Tech Hokies played the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and earned the win by a score of 45-0. Running the show from under center for the Hokies was Hendon Hooker who went 9/13 with 159 yards passing and completed 1 touchdown. He walked away with no picks. Tayvion Robinson paced the team on the ground for that game. His longest run of the day went for 49 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for a total of 49 yards on 1 carries which had him averaging 49.0 yards per run. James Mitchell led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 90 yards on 4 catches. He earned an average of 22.5 yards per reception for that game. The Hokies ended up rushing 43 times and added 244 yards which gave them an average of 5.7 yards per rush. For the game, they ran 59 plays for 467 yards. For the game, the Hokies totaled 18 1st downs and they had a total of 2 penalties for 30 yards which tells us that we had a very focused team on our hands. On the defensive side of the ball, Virginia Tech conceded 11 catches on 25 attempts for a total of 81 yards, and a completion percentage of 44.0%. Against the run, the Hokies conceded 53 yards on 31 tries which is an average of 1.7 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For the game, they conceded 134 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
The Hokies come into this game with a record of 7-3. Virginia Tech is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 179.9 rushing yards per game, which has them at 46th in the country. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,799 yards rushing through 10 games, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Hokies average 394.3 yards per game overall putting them 74th in the nation and 7th in the conference. The Hokies are allowing 24.5 points per game ranking them 5th in the conference and 46th in Division 1. In terms of points allowed, they have given up 245 total points. In discussing yards rushing, they are conceding 124 yards per game ranking them 28th in D-1 and 4th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. For the 2019 season, they have conceded a total of 1,240 yards rushing and 12 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the middling groups in Division 1. They are allowing 241.6 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Hokies are currently ranked 7th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Hokies college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Hokies -3.5
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