Western Michigan at Pittsburgh - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Western Michigan at Pittsburgh - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0) vs Western Michigan Broncos (1-1)

Game Info: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Heinz Field)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Panthers -14.5 -- Over/Under: 57.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Panthers will host the Western Michigan Broncos this Saturday for an FBS College football matchup. This will be the first time these two programs have faced off.

The Broncos are coming off a 28-0 win over the Illinois State Redbirds to even up their record at 1-1 for the season. The offense was efficient, with the rushing attack racking up 233 yards and three touchdowns. La’Darius Jefferson led the team with 106 yards and two touchdowns. On defense they limited the Redbirds to 57 yards of total offense in the game. To start the season, QB Kaleb Eleby is 35/58 on passing attempts for 365 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The defense is allowing 304 yards and 23.5 points per game this season.

Pittsburgh is now 2-0 after a 41-34 win on the road against Tennessee last time out. QB Kenny Pickett was 24/36 for 285 yards and two scores. They struggled on the ground, averaging 2.1 yards per carry for 96 yards. On defense they allowed 374 yards of total offense but forced two key turnovers. Sophomore DB Brandon Hill led the team with seven tackles and an interception. Pittsburgh is averaging 46 points per game to start the season, good for 22nd in the nation. Pickett has thrown for 557 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions thus far, posting a 152.0 passer rating.  Their defense has been solid overall and is allowing just 89 yards per game on the ground.

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Western Michigan is 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games, 7-3 on the money line, and the over is 5-5.

Pittsburgh is 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games, 6-4 on the money line, and the over is 8-2.

Western Michigan looked good in their last game, but it was against an inferior Illinois State squad. They will not have the same success on the ground against a stout Pittsburgh front. Kenny Pickett has gotten off to a great start to the season for the Panthers, and this offense has followed suit. They are averaging just under 500 yards of total offense per game. Western Michigan has struggled stopping the run, so it will be a long day for the Broncos defense. Give me the Panthers to cover the big spread.

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Joe’s Pick Pittsburgh Panthers -14.5

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