NC State Wolfpack vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 10/3/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Location: Heinz Field
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: NC State (+14.5)
Heinz Field is the site where Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh Panthers (3 - 0) will take on the NC State Wolfpack (1 - 1) on Saturday. The spread on this game has Pittsburgh as 14.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 48.5.
In their last outing, the NC State Wolfpack went up against the Virginia Tech Hokies and ended up taking the loss by a score of 45-24. Zonovan Knight led the team in rushing for that game. He tore off a long run of 14 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He racked up a total of 94 yards on 14 carries which meant he was running for 6.7 yards per carry. Devin Carter led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 79 yards on 4 receptions. He notched an average of 19.8 yards per reception for that game. Devin Leary went 12/16 with 165 yards via the pass and tossed 1 touchdown. He finished this contest without throwing a pick.
When talking about scoring, the NC State Wolfpack are sitting at 34.5 PPG. As a team they maintain an average of 204.5 yards on the ground ranking this team at 20th in the country. The Wolfpack have earned 849 yards in total for this campaign. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, NC State has compiled 3 passing touchdowns and 6 touchdowns via the ground. The Wolfpack rank 77th in the country when it comes to their opponents scoring, conceding 43.5 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.1 yards per rush on the ground and 231.5 yards on the ground per game for the campaign. Over the course of this season, they have given up 463 yards via the ground game in 2 outings. When talking about passing yardage, the Wolfpack are giving up 417 yards which has them ranked 46th in the nation. During their 2 games played this year, they are allowing 208.5 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 64.2%. In total, they have relinquished 440.0 yards/contest which ranks them 59th in D-1.
Bailey Hockman has completed 77 of his attempted career 136 tosses for a completion percentage of 56.6%. He is averaging 91 yards per outing. For his collegiate career, Hockman has thrown for 819 yds with 2 TD's and 7 picks. His QB rating is 101.8 with a TD percentage of 1.5% and an interception rate of 5.1%. Since he has been in college, he has left the pocket to run 29 different times totaling 9 yards.
The last time they took the field, the Pittsburgh Panthers took the field against the Louisville Cardinals and added a win to their record by a score of 23-20. Kenny Pickett went 23/38 with 220 yards through the air and completed 2 TD's. He gave away 1 pick on the day. Vincent Davis paced the team in rushing in this contest. His longest run of the day went for 21 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He ran for 47 yards on 14 carries which meant he was running for 3.4 yards per tote. Jordan Addison was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 77 yards on 7 catches. He notched an average of 11 yards per reception in this contest.
When it comes to their scoring prowess, the Panthers sit 34th in D-1 scoring 33 points per contest. During this campaign so far, the Panthers have compiled 744 passing yards not to mention holding an average of 248 passing yards per contest, putting them at 37th in Division 1. They are averaging 143.3 run yards per game and have rushed for 430 yards for the year. The Pittsburgh Panthers hold an average of 391.3 yards per contest which ranks them 42nd in college football. Pittsburgh has conceded a total of 168 yards rushing (56 yards/game) in addition to 1 touchdown on the ground for the year. The Panthers are relinquishing 10 points per game, which has them 18th in college football. Over the course of the season, they have surrendered 30 pts. They have allowed the opposition 2 touchdowns through the air as well as 121 yards per game, which has them ranked 13th in college football.
During the 33 contests in his collegiate career, Kenny Pickett has completed 570 of his 939 tries for a total of 6,288 yds. He is averaging 190.5 yds per contest through the air with a 124.0 QB rating. Pickett has thrown 31 touchdowns while giving up 18 picks. He has scampered for 466 yards on 254 tries. His TD percentage when attempting a pass is 3.3% and his interception rate is 1.9%.
Key NC State Wolfpack Injuries
09/28/20 S Khalid Martin Hip is doubtful Saturday vs Pittsburgh U
09/27/20 LB Payton Wilson Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Pittsburgh U
09/16/20 LB Louis Acceus Undisclosed is out for season
Key Pittsburgh Panthers Injuries
09/27/20 TE Jake Zilinskas Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs NC State
09/04/20 DB Damarri Mathis Undisclosed is out for season
09/04/20 DL Jaylen Twyman Personal is out for season
Who will win tonight's Wolfpack/Panthers college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Wolfpack +14.5
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