UMass Minutemen vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UMass Minutemen vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-38)
The UMass Minutemen (0-4 last year) are on their way to Heinz Field on Saturday where they will play the Pittsburgh Panthers (6-5 last season). Pittsburgh opens this matchup as 38-point favorites. The over/under comes in at 56.5.
The UMass Minutemen wrapped up their year holding a 0-4 mark. In their last contest, the Minutemen took on the Liberty Flames and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 45-0. Garrett Dzuro went 9/22 with 172 yards passing. He had a quarterback rating of 97.5 and walked away from the game with 1 pick. Garrett Dzuro was the leader on the ground for the Minutemen with 8 attempts for 11 yards (1.4 yards per attempt). In all, they tallied 54 plays for 227 yards. The UMass Minutemen ran the football 31 times and totaled 55 yards, which had them averaging 1.8 yds per carry. Against the rush, the Minutemen gave up 378 yards on 44 attempts, which calculates to 8.6 yds per rush allowed. UMass gave up 17 pass completions on 31 tries for 251 yds, and a completion percentage of 54.8%.
The Minutemen tallied 750 yards in total for the previous season. They surrendered the ball 7 times. UMass earned 1 touchdowns via the pass and 0 rushing touchdowns. UMass accounted for 42 1st downs as a unit, and they were called for 21 infractions for 216 yds. As a team they had an average of 67.3 yds via the ground game, ranking them 129th in the nation. Regarding getting in the endzone, the UMass Minutemen held an average of 3.0 points per game.
When it comes to passing yards, the Minutemen gave up 835 yards which had them ranked 19th in college football. In their 4 games played, they relinquished 208.8 yards per game via the pass as well as relinquishing a completion percentage of 58.6%. They conceded 482.0 yards/contest ranking them 133rd in the nation. They conceded 10 passing touchdowns in addition to 11 touchdowns via the ground game. They allowed an average of 6.4 yards per rushing attempt and 273.3 rushing yards per contest last year. In total, they allowed 1,093 rushing yards through 4 games. The Minutemen sat in 135th in college football regarding team defense, conceding 40.3 PPG.
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The Panthers ended the year with a 6-5 mark. The last time they took the field, the Panthers walked away with a victory by a final of 34-20 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Kenny Pickett (1 touchdown) ended the game with 196 yds on 17/34 through the air while his quarterback rate was 102.2. He tossed 1 pick and his Y/A was 5.8. Vincent Davis ran the ball 25 times for 247 yards, walking away from the game with 9.9 yds per carry for Pittsburgh. The Panthers finished the game with 513 yds and they ran 88 plays (5.8 yards per play). Pittsburgh rushed for 5.9 yds per attempt, finishing the contest with 317 yds on 54 attempts. Pittsburgh allowed 29 run attempts for 98 yds (3.4 yards per carry). The Panthers secondary gave up a completion percentage of 52.8%, relinquishing 250 yards on 19 out of 36 through the air.
The Pittsburgh Panthers had an average of 380.3 yards per game which had them ranked 79th in the country. They threw 12 interceptions while letting opponents recover 4 fumbles and they obtained 227 1st downs. They averaged 120.5 yards per game on the ground and ran for 1,326 yards for the season. The Pittsburgh offense accrued 774 penalty yards on 88 violations, which ranked 4th in college football in terms of giving up free yards. Last season, the Panthers compiled 2,857 yards through the air along with averaging 259.7 passing yards per outing, ranking them 39th in D-1. In relation to putting points on the board, the Panthers sat 59th in D-1 with an average of 29.0 points per outing.
Pittsburgh conceded a total of 1,029 yards rushing (93.5 yards per game) as well as 11 touchdowns rushing over the course of last year. They had 6 fumbles and 14 interceptions for the previous season. They conceded 23 touchdowns from the passing game and 246.0 yards per game, which had them in 98th in D-1. The Panthers defense participated in 765 plays, which ranked them 110th in college football. Overall, they allowed 270 points in total. The Panthers allowed 24.5 points per game, which had them sitting 50th in college football.
Who will win tonight's Minutemen/Panthers college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Minutemen +38
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