Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh - 12/26/19 College Football Quick Lane Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Panthers (7-5) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-6)
College Football: Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles +10.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5
The Pittsburgh Panthers and Eastern Michigan Eagles meet Thursday in the college football Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field.
The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost three of their last five games but look for their first bowl win since 2013. The Pittsburgh Panthers have won three of their last four non-home games. Kenny Pickett is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 2,737 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Pickett has two touchdown passes in his last five games. Taysir Mack and Maurice Ffrench have combined for 1,396 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Shocky Jacques-Louis has 19 receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers ground game is averaging 120.6 yards per contest, and AJ Davis leads the way with 532 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 21.8 points and 302.5 yards per game. Paris Ford leads the Pittsburgh Panthers with 86 tackles, Jaylen Twyman has 10.5 sacks and Damarri Mathis has two interceptions.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles look to get a game above a .500 record and get their first bowl win since 1987. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have split their last six non-home games. Mike Glass III is completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 2,858 yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Glass has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 12 games. Arthur Jackson III and Quian Williams have combined for 1,272 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Mathew Sexton has 34 receptions. The Eastern Michigan Eagles ground game is averaging 121.9 yards per contest, and Shaq Vann leads the way with 667 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing 30.3 points and 428.3 yards per game. Kobie Beltram leads the Eastern Michigan Eagles with 116 tackles, Turan Rush has five sacks and Brody Hoying has four interceptions.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games in December. The Eagles are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games, 21-7 ATS in their last 28 games as an underdog and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The under is 28-10-1 in Panthers last 39 games overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Eagles last 6 games overall.
The Pittsburgh Panthers finished the season on a low note and has had major issues scoring points and putting teams away they're supposed to beat. Just making a bowl game for the Eastern Michigan Eagles is an accomplishment, a program that's gone decades with losing seasons and no hope in sight. You would think the talent of Pittsburgh should produce a comfortable win, but the offense hasn't shown much firepower at all this season. The Eastern Michigan Eagles will be up for this game in terms of motivation and that could be the difference. I'll take the points with the Eagles, mainly because I don't believe Pittsburgh can blow teams out.