CFB: NC State at Pittsburgh: 10/3/20 College Football Picks and Predictions
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NC State Wolfpack (1-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -14 -- Over/Under: 48 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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NC State faces Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 3rd at Heinz Field for week five of NCAA football action.
NC State is 1-1 so far this season, and both of those games were in ACC conference play. NC State won its first game of the season against Wake Forest at home by the final score of 45-42. NC State then dropped its next game at Virginia Tech by the final score of 45-24. NC State's defense has really struggled this season, as the Wolfpack D has allowed an average of 43.5 points per game and 440.0 yards per game to the opposition. NC State will have to be a lot sharper on defense against a Pittsburgh team that is well-balanced on offense. NC State's offense has been inconsistent this season thus far but at times, NC State has played well offensively. If NC State can find an offensive rhythm at Pittsburgh, NC State will have a chance in this one.
Pittsburgh has been a surprise team in the ACC so far this season. Pitt has a perfect 3-0 record and a 2-0 ACC record this season, and the team is ranked #21 in the country. Pittsburgh is coming off a strong win over #24 Louisville by the final score of 23-20. Pittsburgh had to ground and pound a win in that game, as Louisville was a very formidable opponent. Pittsburgh will play its fourth straight home game this season on Saturday, as Pitt has not played a game away from home yet this season. Pittsburgh's defense has played extremely well at home, allowing only 10.0 points per game and a measly 177.0 yards per game to the opposition. Pittsburgh has really excelled in stopping the run, as Pitt has only allowed 56.0 rushing yards per game thus far.
I think Pittsburgh has major advantages in almost all facets of this game. NC State's defense has been a big issue this season, and I think Pittsburgh's offense will be far too much for NC State to overcome. In this game, I like Pittsburgh to win by at least two touchdowns.