Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh: 11/21/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4) vs Virginia Tech Hokies (4-4)
Game Info: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Heinz Field)
Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Panthers +2 -- Over/Under: 56.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Virginia Tech Hokies will travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Virginia Tech Hokies lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-4 (4-3 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the 5th ranked Miami Hurricanes, 25-24, this past Saturday. Virginia Tech looked like they had the game in control after taking a 24-13 lead midway through the 3rd quarter, however, the offense struggled down the stretch and Miami way able to get the come from behind victory after a 36-yard TD reception by Mark Pope gave the Hurricanes the lead for good with 5:59 left in the game. Virginia Tech was outgained by Miami by a 386-362 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Hokies was QB Hendon Hooker who completed 19 of 29 passes for 202 yards & 1 INT while also adding 59 yards & 1 TD on the ground.
On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 35.6 ppg on 452.1 total yards per game (189.4 passing yds/g; 262.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by QB Hendon Hooker who has completed 66.1% of his passes for 1,072 yards, 7 TD, & 4 INT. Hooker is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Hokies as he has 574 yards & 9 TD’s on 103 carries. In the backfield with Hooker has been the duo of Khalil Herbert (104 att, 852 yards, 6 TD) and Raheem Blackshear (67 att, 256 yards, 2 TD). The top receiving threats for the Hokies have been Tre Turner (28 rec, 430 yards, TD), Tayvion Robinson (26 rec, 372 yards, 2 TD), and James Mitchell (18 rec, 311 yards, 4 TD).
Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing their opponents to average 30.8 ppg on 451.4 total yards per game (257.5 passing yds/g; 193.9 rushing yds/g).
The Pittsburgh Panthers had their game last week agianst Georgia Tech postponed due to COVID-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 4-4 (3-4 ACC) after snapping a 4-game losing streak by beating the Florida State Seminoles, 41-17, November 7th. Pittsburgh was outstanding defensively agianst Florida State and had no trouble closing out the game after taking a 31-17 lead into the 4th quarter. Pittsburgh outgained Florida State by a 358-290 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was WR Jordan Addison who had 11 receptions for 127 yards.
On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 27.6 ppg on 357.6 total yards per game (253.4 passing yds/g; 104.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Pittsburgh has been led by QB Kenny Pickett who has completed 62.3% of his passes for 1,599 yards, 8 TD, & 3 INT. Pickett also has racked up 6 rushing TD’s for the Panthers. In the backfield for the Panthers has been Vincent Davis who has 313 yards & 4 TD’s on 104 carries. The leading receivers for Pittsburgh have been Jordan Addison (52 rec, 611 yards, 3 TD), Dj Turner (21 rec, 336 yards, TD), and Taysir Mack (17 rec, 248 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing their opponents to average 23.0 ppg on 296.5 total yards per game (217.8 passing yds/g; 78.8 rushing yds/g).
The Hokies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a bye week and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in November.
Virginia Tech has some weapons, however, I do not think this is a great matchup for the Hokies as their running game is going to have some problems with Pittsburgh’s 2nd ranked rush defense. Pittsburgh is a solid team at home and as I think their offense will be able to find success agianst a Hokies defense that is giving up 30+ ppg, I am going to roll with Pittsburgh and the points. Good Luck!