Tennessee Volunteers vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 9/10/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Location: Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (+5.5)
The Tennessee Volunteers (1-0) are headed to Acrisure Stadium on Saturday where they will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0). Pittsburgh opens this matchup as 5.5-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is set at 64.
The Tennessee Volunteers step onto the field holding a record of 1-0 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Volunteers played the Ball State Cardinals and went home with a win by a final score of 59-10. Hendon Hooker went 18/25 with 221 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 172.7 and ended the game without throwing a pick. Jaylen Wright was the best rusher for the Volunteers with 13 carries for 88 yards (6.8 yds per carry). The Tennessee Volunteers ran the ball a total of 51 different times and totaled 218 yards, which came out to an average of 4.3 yards per attempt. When the final whistle blew, they ran 86 plays which totaled 569 yards. Tennessee gave up 27 completions on 43 attempts for a total of 269 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.8%. Against the run, the Volunteers conceded 74 yds on 27 tries, which is 2.7 yds per run allowed.
Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Tennessee Volunteers held an average of 39.3 points per game. As a unit they had an average of 218.2 yards on the ground, ranking this team 12th in the nation. The Volunteers racked up 6,179 total yards for the prior season. Tennessee totaled 33 touchdowns via the pass and 30 touchdowns on the ground. Tennessee totaled 316 1st downs as a unit, and they committed 88 infractions for 788 yards. They turned the football over 13 different times.
The Volunteers were sitting in 90th in college football in terms of team defense, conceding 29.1 PPG. The opposition ran for 3.7 yards per running attempt and 148.5 yards on the ground per contest last year. For the season, they conceded 1,931 running yards through 13 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Volunteers conceded 3,552 yds which ranked them 123rd in college football. Over the course of their 13 games played last season, they gave up 273.2 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 61.3%. They conceded 421.7 yards per contest putting them at 98th in the nation. They granted 23 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 23 rushing touchdowns.
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The Panthers come into this matchup with a record of 1-0 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Panthers walked away with a victory by a final of 38-31 against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Rodney Hammond Jr. ran the football 16 times for 74 yds, walking away from the contest with 4.6 yds per attempt for Pittsburgh. Kedon Slovis (1 touchdown) walked away from the game with 308 yards on 16/24 through the air while his QB rating was 188.2. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 12.8. Pittsburgh relinquished 33 attempts on the ground for 190 yards (5.8 yds per rush). The Panthers pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 57.5%, surrendering 214 yards on 23 out of 40 through the air. The Panthers finished the contest with 384 yards while running 62 plays (6.2 yards per play). Pittsburgh ran for 2.0 yards per attempt, finishing the contest with 76 yards on 38 attempts.
The Pittsburgh Panthers held an average of 489.4 yards/outing, ranking them 7th in college football. The Pittsburgh offense compiled 895 yds of penalties on 94 infractions, which was 22nd in college football in terms of helping out the other team. Last season, the Panthers threw for a total of 4,724 yards via the pass as well as averaging 337.4 throwing yards per contest, giving them a rank of 8th in the country. Concerning the points being put on the board, the Panthers ranked 3rd in D-1 holding an average of 41.4 points per game.
Pittsburgh conceded a total of 1,242 yards rushing (88.7 yards/game) and 15 touchdowns on the ground throughout last year. They allowed 27 touchdowns through the air and 264.3 yards per outing, which put them in 113th in Division 1. The Panthers defense participated in 979 plays, ranking them 120th in Division 1. The Panthers relinquished 23.6 points per game, which had them ranked 42nd in D-1. Over the course of the season, they gave up 330 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Volunteers/Panthers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Panthers +5.5
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