West Virginia at Pittsburgh: 9/1/22 College Football Picks and Predictions

Pittsburgh Panthers (0-0) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (0-0)

Game Info: Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Acrisure Stadium)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Panthers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The West Virginia Mountaineers and Pitt Panthers face off on Thursday night in a Week 1 college football showdown at Heinz Field. These two teams are only 77 miles apart from each other. 

The Pitt Panthers were the ACC champions last season, but this team looks a lot different this season, and that starts under center. Kenny Pickett has gone off to the NFL, and star wide receiver Jordan Addison is off to the NFL. USC transfer Kedon Slovis is under center this season, and they hope that he can fill the shoes that Pickett has left. Even though Addison is gone, Pitt does have talent outside. Last season Jared Wayne caught 47 passes for 658 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, they have a strong defensive line, and stopping the run is going to be important here. 

On the other side of this matchup is the West Virginia Mountaineers and they finished last season with a 6-7 record, including a loss against Minnesota in their bowl game. Under center for Pitt, this season is JT Daniels. He started his career at USC and spent the last two seasons with Georgia. Last season with the Bulldogs he completed 68 passes for 722 yards and seven touchdowns. All five starts on the offensive line are back, and they need to do a better job of opening holes for the running game. Tony Mathis Jr. and Justin Johnson are the two best running backs on the team and will be leaned on heavily in this game. 

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The underdog is 4-1 against the spread in their last five meetings between West Virginia and Pitt. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between the two teams. The under is 5-1-1 in West Virginia’s last seven games against the ACC. 

I don’t put a lot of stock early in the season in former trends, but this game is going to be lower scoring. The strength of both of these teams will be the difference, and I am not sure Slovis or Daniels are going to live up to the expectations. West Virginia is going to struggle to establish a run game, and this game is going to stay under the total. Back the under. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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