Pittsburgh Panthers vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Prediction, 10/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Yellow Jackets (+3.5)
Bobby Dodd Stadium is the location where the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-2) will try to defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-1) on Saturday. Pittsburgh opens as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under comes in at 59.
The Pittsburgh Panthers come into this game with a record of 3-1 for this season. In their last game, the Panthers faced off with the New Hampshire Wildcats and walked away with a win by a score of 77-7. Kenny Pickett finished 24/28 with 403 yards passing and 5 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 265.5 and walked away from the game with no interceptions. Rodney Hammond Jr. was the rushing leader for the Panthers with 17 totes for 100 yards (5.9 yds per attempt). The Pittsburgh Panthers ended up running the ball 49 different times and compiled 252 yds, which came out to an average of 5.1 yards per attempt. When the final whistle blew, they tallied 82 plays which gave them 707 yards. Pittsburgh allowed 10 pass completions on 24 attempts for 60 yards, and a completion percentage of 41.7%. Against the run, the Panthers conceded 100 yds on 29 tries, which averages out to 3.4 yards per run allowed.
The Panthers have tallied 2,191 total yards this season. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Pittsburgh has earned 16 touchdowns via the pass and 12 touchdowns via the ground. They have turned the ball over 5 different times. Pittsburgh has accounted for 119 1st downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 25 penalties for 245 yds. Offensively they're averaging 161.3 yards via the ground game which ranks them 67th in the country. When talking about scoring points, the Pittsburgh Panthers have an average of 52.5 PPG.
The Panthers rank 77th in Division 1 concerning team defense, giving up 23.0 points per game. They are giving up 3.2 yards per running attempt and 109.5 yards on the ground per game so far this season. For the season, they have conceded 438 yards via the running game in 4 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Panthers are giving up 822 yards which has them ranked 66th in college football. They have surrendered 205.5 yards per outing through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 57.1%. In total, they have allowed 315.0 yards/contest which puts them 51st in the country. They have yielded 6 touchdowns via the pass and 6 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Yellow Jackets head into this matchup 2-2 this year. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Yellow Jackets took home the win by a final score of 45-22 against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Jeff Sims (1 TD) finished the game with 112 yds on 10/13 passing while his QB rate was 174.7. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 8.6. Jahmyr Gibbs ran the ball 13 times for 64 yards, ending the contest with 4.9 yards per carry for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets ended up finishing with 394 yds on 62 plays (6.4 yds per play). Georgia Tech ran for 6.1 yards per carry, finishing with 261 yards on 43 carries. Georgia Tech surrendered 35 rushing attempts for 63 yards (1.8 yds per carry). The Yellow Jackets pass defense conceded a completion rate of 64.1%, relinquishing 306 yards on 25 for 39 passing.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets maintain an average of 386.0 yards per game, which has them ranked 77th in college football. The Georgia Tech offense has compiled 139 yards of penalties on 22 violations, which ranks 88th in college football in terms of giving up free yards. For the season thus far, the Yellow Jackets currently sit at 746 yards through the air along with an average of 186.5 passing yards per game, which ranks 104th in college football. When it comes to their scoring prowess, the Yellow Jackets are ranked 65th in Division 1 holding an average of 29.8 points per game.
Georgia Tech has allowed a total of 547 yards on the ground (136.8 yards per contest) in addition to 5 touchdowns on the ground this year. They have conceded 5 touchdowns through the air and 169.8 yards per contest, which has them ranked 35th in the nation. The Yellow Jackets defense has been on the field for 262 plays, which is good for 63rd in the nation. The Yellow Jackets are relinquishing 18.8 points per game, ranking them 49th in D-1. This year, they have relinquished 75 total points.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Yellow Jackets college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Panthers -3.5
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