Virginia (@1.76) vs Pittsburgh (@2.1)

Our Prediction:

Virginia will win

Virginia – Pittsburgh Match Prediction | 26-08-2019 19:30

Pitt is averaging just 27.8 points and 374.8 yards per game on offense this season, but the Panthers have put up over 30 points in three of four wins and over 40 in two of those wins. Darrin Hall has added 429 rushing yards. Kenny Pickett has thrown for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns. Pitt has a strong run game, led by Qadree Ollison, who has run for 795 yards and seven touchdowns. Their run defense is giving up 185 yards per contest. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 32.6 points and 436 yards per contest.

I believe that home field edge along with how the Cavaliers matchup with Pitt, given them a really good shot at winning here by double-digits. I just think the atmosphere is going to be electric at Scott Stadium under the lights on Friday. Virginia is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 2011. My early lean here would be to lay the touchdown with the Cavaliers at home.

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He isnt really a pass rusher, but hes tough to run against. Hes 64 280 and hes very talented. That is how you get a CB as the team lead in sacks. Of course, blitzing can lead to big plays for the offense, as Wahoo fans well know. That means the pass rush has to come off the blitz. Redshirt freshman DT Keyshawn Camp leads the DL with 17 tackles and also has four passes broken up. The DL has combined for just three sacks.

That is not an issue this week, because Pitt is better at rush defense than pass defense. BCs defensive weakness was on the ground, something Virginia wasnt really able to exploit because of the early deficit. BCs pass defense is actually pretty good, and it showed last week. Yes, teams are averaging 4.7 yards per carry (37th worst), but they are also averaging almost 9 yards per pass attempt (9th worst).

A trio of undersized, quick LBs is why this team is better at stopping the run. When your blitzing LB is giving up nearly 100 pounds to the OL blocking him, hes not going to win that battle very often. Its also part of why they have no pass rush. That means the OL will have to communicate well. It also means the RBs will be involved in blitz pickup.

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His versatility is a plus, and will get him into the NFL where hell probably play at center. LG Alex Officer was the starting center all of last year, after playing RG the previous year, and center as a freshman. They average nearly 320 pounds. Obviously, that means the left side of the line is the strength and should be the focus of the defensive game plan. Thats where well see Andrew Brown most of the time. LT Brian ONeill is also an NFL prospect. Pitts has one of the biggest OLs in the nation.

Maddox is the only senior on the team, which means they could be pretty good next year. That said, both Maddox and sophomore Dane Jackson have good cover skills and ball skills. Perhaps the size advantage will help the passing game get back on track this week. Whitehead also has an interception and three break-ups and had a pick-6 in last years contest (with four seconds left in the first half). There have been too many missed assignments from the Panthers this year. Theyve combined for three INTs and 13 passes broken up. Jordan Whitehead would probably be leading the team in tackles if he hadnt missed three games (instead, hes 3rd). The Wahoo WRs have had that size advantage in most games this year, but did not against BCs bigger CBs. Although three of the top four tackles are LBs, the best group on this defense is the DBs. All that youth also means mistakes. Those DBs are all on the small side, with the 511 195 lb Whitehead as the biggest of the group.

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In fact, he had a KR TD against the Hoos last year. The WRs are Quadree Henderson (yeah, they have a Qadree and a Quadree) and Jester Weah. Henderson can turn a game very quickly. Quadree has 11 receptions, 24 rushes, and is also their primary KR and PR. Keeping him in check on those returns is going to be key. (Really dont recommend watching that if youre a Virginia fan. Weah leads the team in receiving yards, while Henderson is Pitts answer to Olamide Zaccheus.

Last week, they shut down A.J. For the second week in a row, Virginias defense is facing a RB who blew up out of nowhere the previous week. This week, the Hoos must content with Darrin Hall, who rushed for 256 yards and three TDs against Duke. He was averaging just 3.5 yards per carry before rushing for over 10 yards a pop last week. Dillon, but perhaps focused too much on Dillon and gave up big plays to basically everybody else. Halls previous high was 52 yards against Youngstown State.