Free Week 8 Prediction: Panthers vs Blue Devils Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(2-5) Pitt Panthers vs. Duke Blue Devils (4-3)
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:20 pm EST
Venue: Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC.
NCAA Football Spread: Duke -8
NCAA Betting Total: 49.5
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Pitt and Duke have just one ACC win between them but that total will double after they meet on Saturday afternoon in Durham.
Duke is better than a touchdown favorite against the Panthers as each team tries to avoid potentially falling into the cellar of the ACC Coastal Division.
Pittsburgh is 2–5 on the season. Its only two wins have come against Youngstown State and Rice, both at home. The Panthers have lost two in a row and the last one came by 18 points at home to North Carolina State.
That said, their upcoming game with Duke provides the Panthers with one of their best opportunities to win an ACC game for the rest of the season.
But getting even won win feels like it might be asking too much, considering Pittsburgh’s quarterback situation. When Max Browne went down a couple of weeks ago, Ben DiNucci and true freshman Kenny Pickett started sharing snaps.
DiNucci had been rotating a little with Browne before the injury. He started last week’s game and did ok but it was predetermined that Pickett would get some looks.
That didn’t go well at all and DiNucci had to finish the game. The Panthers have been mum about what will happen this week but DiNucci certainly feels like he gives his team the best chance to win, even if reps for Pickett benefit the long-term plan.
Duke Blue Devils
When Duke won in North Carolina against the Tar Heels a month ago, it was 4–0 overall with its first conference win under its belt. Three weeks later, the Blue Devils have no additional wins to boast.
Instead, they have dropped three in a row to Miami, UVA and Florida State. The first and last of those wins have come at home, which means the Devils have just this game and then one more at home with the remaining games on the schedule on the road.
Unlike Pittsburgh, Duke has a solidified starting quarterback but his play could be better. Daniel Jones is completing just 55 percent of his passes and has six touchdowns compared to five interceptions.
He is a dual threat, however. He’s rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns this season, but those numbers are on less than three yards per carry.
Shaun Wilson and Brittain Brown are much more efficient with their carries. Each is averaging right around six yards per and, together, have scored eight touchdowns.
Neither could get much of anything going against the Seminoles last week but neither could anybody on the Duke offensive side of the ball. Space should be easier to come by this week against Pitt.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- PITT are 1-6-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- PITT are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games on grass.
- Over is 8-3 in PITT last 11 conference games.
- DUKE are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Under is 9-2 in DUKE last 11 home games.
- Under is 22-8 in DUKE last 30 games as a favorite.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
I’m going with Pitt, behind quarterback Ben DiNucci to pull an upset for no real reason in particular. The Panthers don’t have much going into this game but crazier things have happened.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Pitt +8
Pittsburgh gets its first ACC win of the season that will end up being its last with a shocker in North Carolina.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 29 – Duke 26
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