Pittsburgh vs Wake Forest Prediction - College Football Picks 10/21/23

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-3) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (2-4)

Game Info: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium)

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The Pittsburgh Panthers will play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in an ACC game on Saturday afternoon at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Pittsburgh is coming off of a huge win against Louisville, while Wake Forest has lost three games in a row. 

Pittsburgh Preview

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 2-4 (1-2) this season after they defeated Louisville by a score of 38-21 last week. Pittsburgh trailed 21-14 at the half, but they dominated the second half for the double-digit win. The Panthers were out gained by a total of 430-288, but they did force three turnovers in the game. Pittsburgh had previously lost four games in a row to Virginia Tech, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Cincinnati. The Pittsburgh offense is scoring 25.8 points per game with 193.8 passing yards per game and 111.5 rushing yards per game, while going 35.1% on third downs. Christian Veilleux has thrown for 345 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions for the Panthers this season. Rodney Hammond Jr. has rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns, while Gavin Bartholomew has caught 14 passes for 291 yards and one score. The Pittsburgh defense is allowing 25.2 points against per game this year. 

Wake Forest Preview

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 3-3 (0-3) this year after they lost to Virginia Tech by a score of 30-13 in their last game. Wake Forest trailed 17-10 at the half, but did cut the lead to 20-13 in the fourth quarter, before Virginia Tech pulled away. The Demon Deacons were out gained by a total of 462-262 and turned the ball over three times in the loss. Wake Forest lost their other two ACC games against Clemson and Georgia Tech. The Wake Forest offense is averaging 23.5 points per game with 229.5 passing yards per game and 140.7 rushing yards per game, while going 38.8% on third downs. Mitch Griffis (questionable) has thrown for 1,211 yards, nine touchdowns, and six interceptions for the Demon Deacons this season. Demond Claiborne has rushed for 375 yards and three scores, while Jahmal Banks has caught 36 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns. The Wake Forest defense is giving up 23 points against per game this season. 

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Team Facts

  • Wake Forest has won each of its last eight October games at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium.
  • Wake Forest has covered the spread in seven of its last eight October games at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium.
  • Wake Forest has lost the first half in six of its last seven games against conference opponents.
  • Each of Wake Forest's last four games against conference opponents have gone UNDER the total points line.

Pittsburgh Panthers Team Facts

  • Pittsburgh has won four of its last six October games as a road underdog against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Pittsburgh has failed to cover the spread in five of its last six games.
  • Pittsburgh has won the first half in 16 of its last 21 games against conference opponents.
  • Nine of Pittsburgh's last 10 games have gone OVER the total points line.


Pittsburgh had really struggled in their previous four games, but they got a great win against Louisville last week. Wake Forest has had trouble scoring in conference play, as they have only scored 41 points through three games. The Wake Forest defense has been ok in their last three games and they will take on a Pitt team that is only averaging about 300 yards per game. I think Wake Forest is going to get their first conference win here. Pittsburgh was lucky that Louisville played horribly and turned the ball over a bunch in their last game, because they didn’t gain many yards on offense. Take Wake Forest here. 

David’s Pick Wake Forest -1.5

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