West Virginia Mountaineers vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 9/1/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022
Location: Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-7.5)
Acrisure Stadium is the location where the Pittsburgh Panthers (11-3 last year) will compete against the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-7 last season) on Thursday. Pittsburgh opens this game as 7.5-point favorites. The total is 55.5.
The West Virginia Mountaineers finished the season having a 6-7 record. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Mountaineers took on the Minnesota Golden Gophers and took a loss by a score of 18-6. Tony Mathis was the best rusher for the Mountaineers with 13 attempts for 56 yds (4.3 yds per carry). Jarret Doege connected on 18/31 with 140 yards through the air. He had a QB rating of 89.5 and ended the game with 1 interception. In the running game, the Mountaineers conceded 249 yards on 51 tries, which averages out to 4.9 yards per run surrendered. West Virginia relinquished 8 completions on 13 attempts for 109 yds, and a completion rate of 61.5%. For the game, they had 58 plays which gave them a total of 206 yds. The West Virginia Mountaineers ran the football 27 different times and accumulated 66 yds, which had them averaging 2.4 yards per tote.
When it comes to scoring, the West Virginia Mountaineers were sitting at 25.2 points per contest. Offensively they averaged 123.2 yards rushing, which ranked them 104th in the country. The Mountaineers attained 4,824 total yards for the prior year. West Virginia earned 20 passing touchdowns and 20 touchdowns via the ground. West Virginia recorded 278 1st downs as an offense, and they were called for 68 penalties for 562 yards. They turned the football over 20 times.
The Mountaineers were ranked 44th in college football concerning team defense, conceding 23.8 PPG. They gave up 4.0 yards per run and 138.7 rushing yards per game last season. Overall, they conceded 1,803 rushing yards through 13 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Mountaineers allowed 2,750 yds which had them ranked 53rd in the country. Over the course of their 13 games, they relinquished 211.5 yards per outing via the pass and surrendering a completion percentage of 64.3%. They granted 350.2 yards/outing which put them 39th in the nation. They gave up 17 touchdowns through the air in addition to 16 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Panthers finished the season having a 11-3 record. When they last played, the Panthers took a defeat with a final score of 31-21 when they played the Michigan State Spartans. Davis Beville (1 touchdown) ended the contest with 149 yards on 14/18 through the air while his quarterback rate was 154.5. He threw 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 8.3. Vincent Davis ran the ball 12 times for 43 yards, ending the contest with 3.6 yds per attempt for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh rushed for 3.3 yds per attempt, finishing the contest with 104 yds on 32 attempts. The Panthers finished the contest with a total of 274 yards while running 55 plays (5.0 yards per play). The Panthers passing defense gave up a completion rate of 58.0%, surrendering 354 yds on 29 for 50 through the air. Pittsburgh allowed 36 attempts on the ground for 56 yds (1.6 yds per carry).
The Pittsburgh Panthers averaged 486.7 yards per game, which had them sitting 8th in Division 1. The Pittsburgh offense totaled 895 yds of penalties on 94 infractions, which ranked them 22nd in the country in terms of giving up free yards. For the prior season, the Panthers had a total of 4,724 yards via the pass as well as averaging 337.4 throwing yards per contest, giving them a rank of 7th in the country. When discussing putting points on the board, the Panthers ranked 4th in college football with an average of 41.4 points per game.
The Panthers allowed 23.6 points per game, which put them in 41st in D-1. Pittsburgh allowed a total of 1,250 yards on the ground (89.3 yards per outing) in addition to 15 touchdowns via the rush throughout last season. Overall, they gave up 330 points in total. They surrendered 27 touchdowns through the air as well as 264.3 yards per outing, ranking them 115th in Division 1. The Panthers defense was on the field for 979 plays, which was 121st in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Mountaineers/Panthers college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Panthers -7.5
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