Virginia vs Pittsburgh College Football Betting Tips 8/31/2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Heinz Field is the venue for the game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, August 31, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh as 1 point favorites. The Panthers were 8-6-0 against the spread last year and their over/under mark was 5-9-0. The Cavaliers were 9-4-0 ATS and their over/under record was 7-6-0.
Valuable Virginia Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Virginia Cavaliers were 7-6-0 against the over/under last season
The Virginia Cavaliers were 9-4-0 against the spread last year
Important Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Panthers were 5-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Pittsburgh Panthers were 8-6-0 against the spread last year
Key Virginia Cavaliers Injuries
08/21/19 DB Darrius Bratton Knee is out for season
Key Pittsburgh Panthers Injuries
08/11/19 DL Rashad Weaver ACL is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Virginia Cavaliers ran for 2,248 yards as a team last year, which ranked 60th in the nation. They ran 499 times, averaging 4.5 yards per rush as a unit. The Cavaliers were penalized on offense 59 times for 528 yards last year, which had them 115th in the country in penalties. They were 68th in Division 1 in points scored with 371. They ran 857 plays last year for 4,999 yards, which ranked them 84th in the nation in total offense. The Cavaliers averaged 5.8 yards per play, which was 65th in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 276 1st downs last season, ranking them 61st overall as an offensive unit.
The Cavaliers rush defense gave up 441 attempts for 1,928 yards last season, putting them in 55th place in the country against the run. They had 72 penalties for 677 yards on defense last year. That placed them 57th in Division 1. Virginia was 19th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 261. They gave up a total of 4,307 yards on D, which was 18th in the nation. The Cavaliers were 46th in yards per play allowed with 5.3. Opponent offenses completed 196 throws on 373 attempts against the Virginia Cavaliers defense last season, ranking them 17th and 46th in the country. The Virginia pass defense also surrendered a total of 2,379 yards in the air, which was 17th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Virginia Cavaliers tried 22 field goals last year and made 16, which was 54th in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 68%. Virginia Cavaliers kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 46 for 46 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,129 yards on 52 punts, averaging 41 yards per punt. That ranked them 69th in the NCAA in punting average. Virginia was 3rd in the country in punt returns with 36 last season. They totaled 247 punt return yards and averaged 6.9 yards per return, which was 89th in D-1. They returned 33 kicks for 814 yards on special teams, which put them 25th in kick return yardage. The Cavaliers averaged 25 yards per kick return and they were 62nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 6,059.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Panthers were 76th in Division 1 in points scored with 358 last year. They ran 888 plays last season for 5,177 yards, which ranked them 119th in the nation in total offense. The Pittsburgh Panthers averaged 5.8 yards per play, which was 61st in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 241 1st downs last year, placing them 98th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Pittsburgh ran for 3,192 yards as a team, which ranked 13th in the country. They ran 571 times, averaging 5.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Panthers were penalized on offense 101 times for 942 yards last season, which had them 12th in the nation in penalties.
Pittsburgh was 91st in the nation in points allowed on defense with 389 last season. They surrendered a total of 5,438 yards on D, which was 95th in Division 1. The Panthers were ranked 83rd in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Opposing offenses completed 230 passes on 410 attempts against the Pittsburgh defense last season, placing them 61st and 81st in the country. The Pittsburgh Panthers pass defense also gave up a total of 2,930 yards through the air, which was 69th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 517 attempts for 2,507 yards last year, putting them in 101st place in D-1 against the run. The Panthers committed 71 penalties for 573 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 21st in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Pittsburgh was ranked 56th in the nation in punt returns with 20 last year. They accumulated 157 punt return yards and averaged 7.9 yards per return, which was 77th in college football. They returned 27 kicks for 634 yards on special teams, ranking 59th in kick return yardage. The Pittsburgh Panthers averaged 24 yards per kick return and they were 65th in the country in all-purpose yards with 5,968. The Panthers attempted 17 field goals last season and made 13, which was 75th in D-1. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 77%. Pittsburgh kickers made 95% of their extra points, going 41 for 42 last year. Their punters totaled 3,067 yards on 74 punts, averaging 41 yards per punt. That placed them 64th in Division 1 in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Panthers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cavaliers +1
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