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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Youngstown State Penguins vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one takes place at Heinz Field. The Youngstown State Penguins who represent the FCS take on the Pittsburgh Panthers.
This is the first meeting between the teams since 2015 when the Panthers come out on top by a final score of 45-37.
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Just because the Youngstown State Penguins are an FCS school they are going to be a real big challenge in week one.
Last year the Penguins under head coach Bo Pelini made it all the way to the FCS championship game. before losing to James Madison, and finishing runner ups.
Coming into this season the Penguins are ranked in the top ten of both preseason FCS polls. They are set out to have another big year, with all the depth on this year’s team.
Hunter Wells is back at quarterback for his senior year. Last year he led the Penguins to 12 wins while throwing for 1724 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The biggest question coming into the year for the Penguins is at the running back position, which isn’t a great thing for a team that really relies on pounding the rock.
If they can have someone step up at the running back position this team could find it’s way back to the FCS championship game.
For fans of the Pittsburgh Panthers, this team is going to look a lot different, then they have looked the last two years.
At the quarterback position Max Browne, a graduate transfer from USC is expected to be the starting quarterback, and he is going to have some big shoes to fill to replace Nathan Peterman who had started for the previous two years.
Also for a team that just lost James Conner you might think their running back position is going to struggle, but that is not going to the case.
Qadree Ollison stepped up up for Conner when he was hurt and rushed for over 1100 yards. Freshman AJ Davis is also probably the running back of the future, and he should probably have a big part in this offense this year.
Last year the defense wasn’t good, and with over half the starters from last year team gone, they can’t really expect the defense to improve any.
Last year the front seven was the strength of the defense, but it is trying to transition in six new starters to this team, so I would expect the run defense to take a pretty big step backwards.
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This is a home game for the Panthers, but I would expect the Penguins fans will travel pretty well for this game, and it is a huge game for their program.
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Even with all the question marks around the Panthers this year, they are the better team in this match up.
But I think the Penguins will really step up in this game and make it close. Pittsburgh will come out ahead, but the Penguins will be in the game in the fourth quarter, and really make it tough.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 27 – Youngstown State 24
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