Virginia Cavaliers vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 11/20/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-13.5)
The Pittsburgh Panthers (8-2) welcome the Virginia Cavaliers (6-4) at Heinz Field on Saturday. Pittsburgh opens as 13.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total comes in at 66.5.
The Virginia Cavaliers step onto the field holding a record of 6-4 for this year. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Cavaliers played the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 66-3. Jay Woolfolk went 18/33 with 196 yds through the air. He had a quarterback rating of 372.4 and finished the contest with 2 picks. Jay Woolfolk was the rushing leader for the Cavaliers with 16 attempts for 15 yds (0.9 yds per carry). When all was said and done, they tallied 64 plays which totaled 278 yds. The Virginia Cavaliers ended up rushing 30 times and totaled 82 yds, earning them an average of 2.7 yards per tote. When it came to stopping the run, the Cavaliers conceded 385 yds on 46 attempts, which averages out to 8.4 yards per run surrendered. Virginia gave up 22 pass completions on 37 attempts for a total of 349 yards, and a completion rate of 59.5%.
Concerning scoring points, the Virginia Cavaliers hold an average of 35.3 points per contest. Offensively they're maintaining an average of 137.7 yards via the ground game giving them a rank of 92nd in the nation. The Cavaliers have racked up 5,182 yards in total over the course of this year. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Virginia has totaled 27 passing touchdowns and 17 touchdowns via the ground. Virginia has accumulated 266 1st downs as an offense, and they have been called for 63 penalties for 551 yds. They have surrendered the ball 15 different times.
Regarding yards through the air, the Cavaliers are giving up 2,398 yds which has them sitting in 96th in Division 1. They have relinquished 239.8 yards per outing through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 60.2%. Overall, they have allowed 461.9 yards/outing which ranks them 131st in Division 1. They have allowed 20 touchdowns by air and 19 touchdowns pounding the rock. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.8 yards per rushing attempt and 222.1 yards on the ground per game this season. Overall, they have conceded 2,221 rushing yards through 10 games. The Cavaliers are sitting in 111th in the nation in terms of team defense, giving up 30.5 points per game.
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The Panthers head into this matchup 8-2 for this season. In their last game, the Panthers got the victory with a final of 30-29 when they played the North Carolina Tar Heels. Israel Abanikanda carried the rock 12 times for 63 yards, finishing the contest with 5.3 yards per attempt for Pittsburgh. Kenny Pickett (3 TDs) walked away from the contest with 346 yds on 25/43 passing while his QB rate was 116.4. He tossed 1 pick and his Y/A was 8.0. Pittsburgh relinquished 50 rushing attempts for 143 yds (2.9 yds per carry). The Panthers passing defense allowed a completion percentage of 60.5%, surrendering 241 yards on 23 out of 38 passing. The Panthers finished with a total of 441 yds while running 76 plays (5.8 yds per play). Pittsburgh ran the football for 3.1 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 95 yds on 31 carries.
When discussing their scoring prowess, the Panthers are sitting 4th in the nation holding an average of 43.5 PPG. Over the course of the season thus far, the Panthers currently sit at 3,731 passing yards not to mention holding an average of 373.1 passing yards per outing, which ranks 5th in college football. The Pittsburgh Panthers hold an average of 531.2 yards per contest, ranking them 2nd in D-1. The Pittsburgh offense has totaled 674 penalty yds on 69 infractions, which is 38th in the nation in terms of helping out the other team.
Pittsburgh has conceded a total of 1,060 yards rushing (106.0 yards per outing) in addition to 12 touchdowns on the ground on the season. They have allowed 16 touchdowns from the passing game and 242.9 yards per game, which puts them in 98th in D-1. The Panthers defense has been on the field for 679 plays, which has them ranked 71st in Division 1. The Panthers are giving up 22.7 PPG, which has them 55th in college football. This year, they have surrendered 227 pts.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Panthers college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cavaliers +13.5
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