Pittsburgh Panthers vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, 9/11/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Location: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Volunteers (+3.5)
The Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0) are en route to Neyland Stadium on Saturday where they will attempt to beat the Tennessee Volunteers (1-0). Tennessee opens this matchup as 3.5-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is set at 56.
The Pittsburgh Panthers come into this matchup with a record of 1-0 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Panthers took the field against the UMass Minutemen and earned the victory with a final of 51-7. Kenny Pickett finished 27/37 with 272 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 152.6 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. Rodney Hammond Jr. led the offense in rushing for the Panthers with 8 carries for 44 yds (5.5 yards per attempt). In all, they tallied 86 plays which totaled 597 yds. The Pittsburgh Panthers ran the football 41 different times and totaled 222 yds, which had them averaging 5.4 yds per attempt. Against the rush, the Panthers gave up 42 yds on 27 attempts, which is 1.6 yds per run surrendered. Pittsburgh relinquished 14 completions on 31 tries for a total of 167 yds, and a completion rate of 45.2%.
The Panthers have earned 597 total yards this season. In terms of scoring, Pittsburgh has compiled 2 touchdowns through the air and 5 rushing touchdowns. Pittsburgh has 35 first downs, and they have been flagged for 3 infractions for 30 yds. As a unit they hold an average of 222.0 yards via the ground game which has them sitting 34th in college football. In terms of getting in the endzone, the Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 51.0 points per game.
Concerning yards via the pass, the Panthers have given up 167 yards which has them ranked 50th in D-1. They have conceded 167.0 yards per outing via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 45.2%. Overall, they are giving up 209.0 yards per game which ranks them 24th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 1.6 yards per run and 42.0 yards on the ground per game so far this season. During the season, they have allowed 42 rushing yards through 1 game. The Panthers are ranked 28th in Division 1 concerning team defense, allowing 7.0 PPG.
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The Volunteers step onto the field holding a record of 1-0 for this year. When they last stepped on the field, the Volunteers went home victorious with a score of 38-6 against the Bowling Green Falcons. Joe Milton (1 TD) finished the contest with 140 yards on 11/23 through the air while his QB rate was 113.3. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per attempt was 6.1. Jabari Small ran the ball 22 times for 116 yards, ending the contest with 5.3 yards per attempt for Tennessee. The Volunteers finished the game with a total of 471 yds while running 88 plays (5.4 yards per play). Tennessee ran the football for 5.1 yards per tote, finishing the game with 326 yards on 64 carries. Tennessee conceded 23 run attempts for 32 yards (1.4 yds per carry). The Volunteers passing defense conceded a completion rate of 65.8%, surrendering 187 yds on 25 out of 38 through the air.
Regarding this team's ability to score points, the Volunteers are sitting 39th in the nation scoring 38.0 points per contest. Over the course of the season to this point, the Volunteers have thrown for a total of 145 yards through the air, which has them sitting 110th in college football. The Tennessee Volunteers average 471.0 yards per outing, ranking them 34th in the country. The Tennessee offense has compiled 45 yards of penalties on 5 violations, which is 83rd in D-1 in terms of making mistakes.
The Volunteers are relinquishing 6.0 points per game, which has them ranked 22nd in D-1. Tennessee has given up a total of 32 yards on the ground. They have surrendered 0 TDs via the pass and 187.0 yards per contest, which has them sitting 65th in Division 1. The Volunteers defense has taken part in 61 plays, which ranks 43rd in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Volunteers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Panthers -3.5
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