Pittsburgh vs Georgia Tech NCAA Football Picks 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Bobby Dodd Stadium
Bobby Dodd Stadium is the site where James Graham and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will play the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday. Georgia Tech opens this matchup as 10-point dogs. The Panthers are 5-3-0 ATS and 2-6-0 when betting on the total. The Yellow Jackets are 4-3-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-6-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Pittsburgh Panthers played the Miami Hurricanes and were defeated 16-12. Todd Sibley Jr. paced the team in rushing for that game. He tore off a long run of 33 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He scurried for 54 yards via 4 carries which means he ran for an average of 13.5 yards per carry. Maurice Ffrench led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 47 yards on 8 receptions. He averaged 5.9 yards per catch for that game. Leading the way at QB for the Panthers was Kenny Pickett who went 18/32 with 146 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He walked away with 2 picks during the game. The Panthers ran the football 42 times and racked up 176 yards giving them an average of 4.2 yards per rush. In all, they finished with a total of 74 plays for a total of 322 yards. On the day, the Panthers totaled 17 1st downs and they had 7 penalties for 55 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. When discussing the defense, Pittsburgh conceded 14 catches on 32 throws totaling 154 yards, and a completion percentage of 43.8%. In the running game, the Panthers conceded 54 yards on 27 tries which gave them an average of 2.0 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For the game, they allowed a total of 208 yards and forced 1 turnover.
The Panthers come into this game with a record of 5-3 this year. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the country averaging 21 points per game, ranking them 115th in D-1. As a unit, they have an average of 127.5 yards on the ground per contest which is 11th in the conference. For total yardage, they are currently ranked 8th in the conference and 76th in D-1 with 3,058 yards. The Panthers have one of the top tier defenses in D-1, giving up 21.4 points per contest ranking them 4th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Panthers have allowed 2,038 yards. Opponents are completing 48.8% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 5.8 yards per try. In terms of yards rushing, Pittsburgh is giving up 85.9 yards per game ranking them 1st in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 4th in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 2.6 yards per carry which has them at 1st in the conference and 3rd in college football overall. Overall, they have conceded 687 yards rushing through 8 contests.
In their last game, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets went up against the Miami Hurricanes and won 28-21. Jordan Mason led the team in rushing for the game. He broke a long run for 22 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown during the game. He scurried for 141 yards by way of 20 carries which meant he averaged 7.1 yards per run. Nathan Cottrell led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 41 yards on 2 receptions. He earned an average of 25.5 yards per reception for the game. Leading the way at QB for the Yellow Jackets was James Graham who went 9/18 with 97 yards through the air and tossed 1 touchdown. He walked away with no picks. The Yellow Jackets rushed the ball a total of 45 times and added 207 yards giving them an average of 4.6 yards per rushing attempt. Overall, they ran 64 plays which gave them a total of 345 yards. For the game, the Yellow Jackets racked up a total of 18 first downs and they had a total of 9 penalties for 82 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. On the defensive side of the ball, Georgia Tech gave up 17 completions on 31 throws for a total of 200 yards, and a completion percentage of 54.8%. Against the run, the Yellow Jackets gave up 157 yards on 32 tries which gave them an average of 4.9 yards per attempt allowed. On the day, they allowed a total of 357 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
The Yellow Jackets head into this game 2-5. Georgia Tech is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 169.1 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 61st in the nation. As a team, they have a total of 1,184 rushing yards through 7 games, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Yellow Jackets average 314.9 yards per game overall ranking them 118th in the nation and 14th in the conference. The Yellow Jackets are allowing 30.4 points per game ranking them 12th in the ACC and 91st in college football. Their passing defense is one of the top groups in college football. They are conceding 185.6 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Yellow Jackets are currently ranked 3rd in the ACC. When it comes to points allowed, they have given up 213 total points. In terms of yards on the ground, they are giving up 226.7 yards per game ranking them 124th in the country and 14th in the ACC. This year, they have given up a total of 1,587 rushing yards and 14.7 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Yellow Jackets college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Panthers -10
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