Pittsburgh Panthers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 10/29/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
Location: Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Tar Heels (-4.5)
The Pittsburgh Panthers (4-3) are hitting the road to Kenan Stadium on Saturday where they will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1). Pittsburgh is 4.5-point dogs. The total comes in at 64.5.
The Pittsburgh Panthers come into this matchup with a record of 4-3 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Panthers faced the Louisville Cardinals and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 24-10. Israel Abanikanda was the rushing leader for the Panthers with 28 attempts for 129 yards (4.6 yds per attempt). Kedon Slovis connected on 16/29 with 158 yds passing. He had a quarterback rating of 87.1 and finished the contest with 2 picks. On the ground, the Panthers gave up 122 yds on 30 attempts, which calculates to 4.1 yards per rush allowed. Pittsburgh conceded 13 completions on 27 attempts for 190 yards, and a completion rate of 48.1%. Overall, they had 66 plays which totaled 326 yards. The Pittsburgh Panthers ran the ball a total of 37 times and had 168 yards, earning them an average of 4.5 yards per carry.
When talking about scoring, the Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 31.4 points per contest. Offensively they're averaging 189.4 yards via the ground game which ranks them 36th in Division 1. The Panthers have earned 2,909 total yards for the year. When it comes to notching touchdowns, Pittsburgh has compiled 7 touchdowns through the air and 18 rushing touchdowns. Pittsburgh has tallied 157 1st downs offensively, and they have been hurt by 54 penalties for 439 yds. They have given the ball to the opposition 12 times.
Concerning yards through the air, the Panthers have conceded 1,461 yds which has them sitting in 34th in Division 1. They have surrendered 208.7 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 53.2%. Overall, they have relinquished 333.6 yards/contest which has them sitting 27th in the country. They have allowed 10 touchdowns via the pass as well as 9 touchdowns on the ground. They are giving up an average of 3.9 yards per tote and 124.9 yards on the ground per contest on the season. For the year, they have allowed 874 rushing yards through 7 games. The Panthers rank 64th in D-1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 25.9 points per game.
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The Tar Heels head into this matchup 6-1 for this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Tar Heels took home the win by a final score of 38-35 when they faced the Duke Blue Devils. Drake Maye (3 touchdowns) ended the game with 380 yds on 28/38 through the air while his QB rate was 183.7. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 10.0. Drake Maye carried the rock 18 times for 70 yds, finishing the game with 3.9 yds per carry for North Carolina. North Carolina rushed for 4.5 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 156 yds on 35 carries. The Tar Heels finished with a total of 536 yds and they ran 74 plays (7.2 yds per play). The Tar Heels secondary gave up a completion rate of 64.5%, relinquishing 245 yards on 20 out of 31 passing. North Carolina conceded 42 run attempts for 297 yds (7.1 yards per carry).
The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 506.0 yards per game, which has them sitting 8th in Division 1. The North Carolina offense has accrued 436 yards of penalties on 50 infractions, which ranks 47th in Division 1 in terms of giving up free yards. For the year so far, the Tar Heels have thrown for a total of 2,287 passing yards as well as holding an average of 326.7 throwing yards per outing, which is ranked 9th in the country. Regarding their scoring prowess, the Tar Heels are sitting 9th in D-1 averaging 41.7 points per contest.
The Tar Heels are relinquishing 32.4 PPG, which has them ranked 113th in the country. North Carolina has surrendered a total of 1,304 yards via the ground game (186.3 yards/game) as well as 12 touchdowns on the ground so far this season. This season, they have given up 227 points. They have allowed 18 touchdowns through the air and 290.0 yards/outing, which has them in 126th in Division 1. The Tar Heels defense has taken part in 532 plays, which ranks 92nd in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Tar Heels college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Panthers +4.5
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