The Pittsburgh Panthers host the Virginia Tech Hokies Saturday in week 12 ACC college football action at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The Virginia Tech Hokies could use a win here after losing four of their last six games. The Virginia Tech Hokies have split their last four road games. Hendon Hooker is completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 1,072 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Hooker has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Tré Turner and Tayvion Robinson have combined for 802 receiving yards and three touchdowns while James Mitchell has 18 receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 262.7 yards per contest, and Khalil Herbert leads the way with 852 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 30.8 points and 451.4 yards per game. Chamarri Conner leads the Virginia Tech Hokies with 63 tackles, Justus Reed has 5.5 sacks and Brion Murray has two interceptions.
The Pittsburgh Panthers haven’t played in two weeks and look to get a game above a .500 record. The Pittsburgh Panthers have won three of their last five home games. Kenny Pickett is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,599 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Pickett and Joey Yellen have combined for nine touchdown passes and six interceptions. Jordan Addison and DJ Turner have combined for 947 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Shocky Jacques-Louis has 22 receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers ground game is averaging 104.2 yards per contest, and Vincent Davis leads the way with 313 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 23 points and 296.5 yards per game. SirVocea Dennis leads the Pittsburgh Panthers with 51 tackles, Patrick Jones II has eight sacks and Paris Ford has three interceptions.
The Hokies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Panthers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in November, 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Hokies last 10 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 games overall. The Hokies are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 meetings.
This is a bit of a weird spot for the Virginia Tech Hokies, as they have to be disappointed with their performance at home against Miami, but they have Clemson on deck for their next contest. You could easily see a flat Virginia Tech team on the road, and even then, these aren’t the same tough defensive Hokies we’re used to seeing. The Pittsburgh Panthers have had an extra week to prepare for this game, and they’ve been competitive in pretty much every game they’ve played, a real grind it out, physical team.
I’ll take my chances with Pitt and the free field goal.