Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Tech Hokies Prediction, 10/16/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Hokies (+5.5)
Lane Stadium is the site where the Virginia Tech Hokies (3-2) will attempt to beat the Pittsburgh Panthers (4-1) on Saturday. Virginia Tech opens this game as 5.5-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 57.
The Pittsburgh Panthers come into this game with a record of 4-1 for this season. In their last game, the Panthers faced the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and notched a win by a score of 52-21. Kenny Pickett went 23/36 with 389 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 191.3 and ended the game with no picks. Israel Abanikanda led the offense in rushing for the Panthers with 15 totes for 60 yards (4.0 yards per attempt). The Pittsburgh Panthers ran the ball 41 different times and totaled 181 yds, which earned them an average of 4.4 yards per carry. In the game, they had 78 plays which gave them 580 yards. Pittsburgh allowed 24 pass completions on 33 tries for 359 yards, and a completion percentage of 72.7%. Against the rush, the Panthers gave up 73 yds on 31 attempts, which is an average of 2.4 yds per rush allowed.
The Panthers have racked up 2,771 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Pittsburgh has totaled 20 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 5 different times. Pittsburgh has accounted for 146 1st downs, and they have committed 31 penalties for 310 yds. As a team they average 165.2 yards on the ground which is 66th in D-1. In terms of getting in the endzone, the Pittsburgh Panthers have an average of 52.4 points per contest.
The Panthers are ranked 61st in Division 1 regarding the opposition scoring, conceding 22.6 points per contest. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.0 yards per tote and 102.2 yards on the ground per game for the campaign. For the year, they have allowed 511 yards via the ground game in 5 games. Regarding passing yards, the Panthers have given up 1,181 yds which puts them in 66th in Division 1. They have yielded 236.2 yards per game via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 60.4%. During the season, they are granting 338.4 yards per outing ranking them 52nd in college football. They have conceded 8 touchdowns through the air and 7 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Hokies come into this game with a record of 3-2 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Hokies went home defeated by a final of 32-29 when they faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Braxton Burmeister ended the game with 184 yds on 15/30 passing while his quarterback rate was 94.9. He threw 1 pick and his average yards per pass attempt was 6.1. Braxton Burmeister carried the ball 10 times for 49 yds, finishing the game with 4.9 yards per carry for Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech rushed the football for 3.6 yds per carry, finishing the game with 134 yards on 37 attempts. The Hokies ended up finishing with 321 yds while they ran 71 plays (4.5 yards per play). The Hokies passing defense conceded a completion rate of 57.7%, relinquishing 221 yards on 15 out of 26 through the air. Virginia Tech allowed 43 rush attempts for 173 yards (4.0 yards per rush).
In relation to their ability to score points, the Hokies sit 93rd in the nation with 24.6 points per outing. Over the course of the season thus far, the Hokies have racked up 950 passing yards as well as an average of 190.0 throwing yards per game, which ranks 104th in Division 1. The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 328.8 yards per game, which ranks them 116th in Division 1. The Virginia Tech offense has totaled 171 penalty yds on 20 infractions, which ranks 129th in Division 1 in terms of giving up free yards.
Virginia Tech has surrendered a total of 718 yards via the ground game (143.6 yards per outing) as well as 4 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the campaign. They have surrendered 7 touchdowns via the pass as well as 196.4 yards per outing, which has them ranked 47th in college football. The Hokies defense has taken the field for 327 plays, which is good for 29th in Division 1. The Hokies are conceding 18.6 points per contest, which has them 37th in D-1. Overall, they have relinquished 93 total points.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Hokies college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Hokies +5.5
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