Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan - 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 +11.5 -- Over/Under: 49 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Eastern Michigan Eagles meet in college football action from Ford Field on Thursday.
Pittsburgh comes in here at 7-5 overall. The Panthers are just 2-3 in their last five games, beating Georgia Tech and North Carolina while falling to Miami-FL, Virginia Tech and Boston College.
In the loss to the Eagles, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett put up 323 yards with one INT, and Vincent Davis managed 45 yards and a TD rushing. Jared Wayne had 100 yards from six receptions there as well.
Over on the EMU side, they’re 6-6 this season. The Eagles are also 2-3 in their last five games, beating Northern Illinois and Akron while otherwise losing to Toledo, Buffalo and Kent State.
In the loss to Kent State, Eastern Michigan’s Mike Glass posted 386 yards with three TDs and two INTs, and Arthur Jackson caught four passes for 129 yards. Shaq Vann led the rush there with 73 yards and a TD.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games and 3-0-1 ATS in the last four on turf. Pitt is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 in December and 2-5 ATS in their last seven bowl games.
Meanwhile, the Eagles are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 after an ATS loss and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games. EMU is 17-8 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in the last five versus the ACC.
Pittsburgh hasn’t been a flashy offensive team this season, and they seem more comfortable in lower-scoring, methodical games. It doesn’t always work, though; the Panthers have posted 20 points or fewer in four of their last five outings, losing three of those games.
As for EMU, they’ve been more impressive scoring-wise (against lesser competition) overall but they’ve also coughed up 27 points or more in nine of their games this year. I don’t think the Panthers will have a ton of issues here, hence the fairly thick line. Seems like it might be a little close, but I’m still sticking with Pittsburgh in this one.