Free NCAA Football Prediction: Panthers vs. Hokies Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 7
(4-1) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Tech (3-2)
Date: Saturday, October 16th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Panthers -5.5
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Panthers -240 Hokies +190
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 57.5
In a matchup between the top two teams from the ACC Coastal division, the Pittsburgh Panthers enter with a 4-1 overall record.
The hosting Virginia Tech Hokies are 1-0 in the division with a chance to leapfrog the Panthers and claim the top spot.
The Pittsburgh Panthers enter this week’s matchup with an overall record of 4-1. So far, the Panthers have played the 38th toughest schedule in college football, with an average scoring margin of 19.8. Pittsburgh is coming off a 52-21 victory in an ACC matchup vs Georgia Tech. The Panthers put up 399 yards through the air and 181 on the ground. Defensively, Pittsburgh gave up 432 total yards.
On the season, Pittsburgh is ranked 3rd in points scored, averaging 46.2 points per game. On the road, the Panthers are scoring 46.5 points per contest. The team’s defense is ranked 62nd in the NCAA, allowing 26.5 points per game. On offense, Pittsburgh throws the ball on 51.29% of their plays, leading to 372.5 yards per game. 4th in CFB. On the ground, the Panthers have rushed for 143.5 yards per contest.
So far the Panthers have a slight advantage over their opponents in the turnover battle, with a turnover differential of 0.2 on the season. The Pittsburgh pass rush is averaging 3.8 sacks per game.
Virginia Tech Hokies
The Virginia Tech Hokies come into this home contest with an overall record of 3-2. So far VA Tech has played the 40th toughest schedule in college football, with an average scoring margin of 4.8. Virginia Tech is coming off a tough 32-29 loss at Lane Stadium to Notre Dame.
In the game, the Hokies put up 187 yards through the air and 134 on the ground. Defensively, Virginia Tech gave up 394 total yards.
On the season, Virginia Tech is ranked 73rd in points scored, averaging 25.5 points per game. In games at home, the Hokies are scoring 21.0 points per contest. The team’s defense is ranked 30th in the NCAA, allowing 20.8 points per game.
On offense, Virginia Tech throws the ball on 42.91% of their plays, leading to 184.5 yards per game. 106th best in CFB. On the ground, the Hokies have rushed for 147.0 yards per contest.
So far, the Hokies have won the turnover battle, with a turnover differential of 1.0 on the season. The VA Tech pass rush is averaging 3.2 sacks per game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite.
- Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
- Hokies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog.
- Hokies are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- The underdog is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 meetings.
Free Week 7 NCAA Football Pick
I am taking Pittsburgh to cover the spread as 5.5 point favorites.
4* Free Week 7 NCAA Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -5.5
Both teams will enter this game highly motivated as the winner has a clear path to the division title. With both the Panthers and Hokies sitting as one-loss teams, dropping another game will severely affect the losing team’s bowl game outlook. On offense, Pittsburgh has a clear advantage, scoring 21.0 more points per game than Virginia Tech.
However, on defense, the Hokies are the superior unit giving up 6.0 fewer points per game than the Panthers. This game features teams who like to play at different speeds with the Panthers ranking among college football’s fastest pace teams, vs the Hokies who prefer to slow the game down, ranking 64th in the nation in pace.
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