Free Week 7 Prediction: Panthers vs Cavaliers Odds
Looking for Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Cavaliers free picks? Week 7 College football betting sees the Panthers taking on the Cavaliers Saturday October 15th at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(4-2) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Cavaliers (2-3)
Date: Saturday, October 15th
Time: 12:30 pm EST
Venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia
NCAA Football Spread: Panthers -5
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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This ACC matchup features two teams each riding two game winning streaks. The Panthers won a tough conference game against Georgia Tech last week, winning by a field goal.
Virginia got a 2 touchdown victory over the Duke Blue Devils.
I’m expecting a very competitive game with two teams with different offensive philosophies both looking to climb up the conference standings.
Quarterback Nathan Peterman has played mistake free football the last 3 weeks. Against a feisty Yellow Jackets passing defense he was 14-20 for only 192 yards and a score.
Since the offense is focused on running the ball I look for him to manage the game effectively this week, and throw 2 touchdowns without giving up a turnover.
James Conner started the season with 5 straight games with a rushing touchdown, but he was held out of the endzone last week.
He ran the ball 14 times for 60 yards and it looks like the Pittsburgh coaching staff are looking to keep his workload light during the long stretch of conference games.
Expect him to have 15 carries for 80 yards and 2 scores this week.
After a 7 catch 176 yard performance against Marshall, receiver Jester Weah was held in check last week against Georgia Tech. He had only 3 catches for 35 yards but this week expect a 100 yard performance against a suspect Virginia secondary.
The Panthers defense did a good job against the Georgia Tech passing offense last week. They will need to stop the run as the Yellow Jackets famed option attack was able to get 231 yards on the ground and averaged over 5 yards per carry.
Eastern Carolina transfer Kurt Benkert has been an offensive revelation for the Cavaliers. In the last two games he has 8 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions, and is averaging 378 yards passing.
He faces a much tougher test in Pittsburgh this week, but I still expect him to throw for over 300 yards and 3 scores.
With the passing game playing as well as they have it was surprising to see that tailback Albert Reid has scored in 4 straight games. Last week against Duke he had only 13 carries for 44 yards and a score.
This week I expect him to have at least 20 carries and score for a 5th straight week.
Olamide Zaccheaus has been one of the key threats in the passing game this season. He has scored in two straight games and last week he had 4 catches for 42 yards. Benkert has been red hot so I expect him and Zaccheaus to hook for 2 long scores in the first half.
The Cavalier defense had a great game against Duke last week.
They forced the Blue Devils passing game into 5 interceptions. They were very opportunistic but I don’t expect another game with that many forced turnovers.
If they do not stop the Panthers running game Nathan Peterman will distribute the ball evenly, and keep the ball out of the defenses hands. Another aspect that can’t be overlooked this game is penalties.
The Cavaliers have averaged 5 a game and penalties could be their downfall in this one.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass.
- Panthers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October.
- Cavaliers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a bye week.
- Favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
- Home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Free Week 7 NCAA Football Prediction-
Pittsburgh ‘s running game should control the tempo of the game,but look for Benkert to keep the Cavaliers in the game. Pittsburgh wins another close game by a field goal.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Virginia ATS
Pittsburgh pulls out a tough road victory led by James Conner and the Panthers rushing attack.
Week 7 Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 31 – Virginia 28
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