The Pittsburgh Panthers (-7.5) and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are ready to go at it on the grass at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. This afternoon game is scheduled to get going at 4:00 p.m. ET and fans can watch the action on CHSS.
Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech is entering this ACC game as a big underdog and is currently receiving 7.5 points. The Panthers are also receiving -330 moneyline odds while the Yellow Jackets are +250. If one team can find paydirt early it will result in a nice in-game betting scenario. Oddsmakers have set the over/under (O/U) at 44.5 points.
The opening line was 8 while the O/U has yet to change after being initially posted at 44.5.
Both of these teams have rewarded gamblers this year as the Panthers have recorded 2.5 units while the Yellow Jackets are ahead 6.3 units.
The Panthers have gone 5-3 straight up (SU), including 2-2 SU against ACC opponents. The Yellow Jackets are 2-5 SU overall and are also 1-3 SU in conference play.
The Panthers look to bounce back after a 16-12 defeat to Miami (FL) last week. The passing attack wasn’t where it needed to be as Kenny Pickett completed only 18-of-32 passes for 146 yards and two interceptions. A.J. Davis (just 45 rushing yards on 15 attempts) and V’Lique Carter (47 yards on 11 carries) led the ground attack while Maurice Ffrench (eight receptions, 47 yards) and Davis (four catches, 24 yards) handled the receiving duties in the defeat.
Georgia Tech is coming off of a 28-21 win over Miami (FL) a couple of weeks ago. James Graham completed nine-of-18 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Mason (141 yards on 20 rush attempts, one TD) and the signal-caller Graham (23 yards on 12 carries) mounted the running attack as Ahmarean Brown (three receptions, 41 yards, one TD) and Adonicas Sanders (two catches, 30 yards) led the pass-catching attack in the win.
Pittsburgh’s run the ball on 46.6 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Georgia Tech has an overall rush percentage of 62.6 percent. The Panthers have produced 127.5 rush yards per game (including 117 per game against Atlantic Coast opponents) and have five touchdowns on the ground this year. The Yellow Jackets are logging 168.9 rushing yards per game (171.8 in conference) and have nine total rush TDs.
It appears that the Panthers ought to hold an edge when it comes to quarterback protection. Their offensive line has allowed just 33 sacks while their D-line registered 32 sacks. The Yellow Jackets O-line has given up 16 sacks and their defense has recorded only 17 sacks.
The Panthers offensive scheme has averaged 254.8 yards through the air overall (207.8 per game against conference opposition) and has 12 passing scores so far. The Yellow Jackets have put up 145.7 pass yards per game (163 in the ACC) and have seven total pass TDs.
Defensively, Pittsburgh has allowed 85.9 rush yards and 205.1 pass yards per game. The Georgia Tech defense has allowed 185.6 yards per game to opposing passers and 226.3 yards per game on the ground. The Panthers are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 4.09 to opposing QBs, while the Yellow Jackets have given up a 6.17 ANY/A.
Offensively, Pickett has amassed 1,516 passing yards on the year, and has completed 60 percent of his 256 attempts with six scores through the air and six interceptions. He’s got a 4.65 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 4.08 over the last two games.
James Graham has completed 35-of-74 passes for 460 yards, four TDs and three INTs for Georgia Tech. His ANY/A stands at 4.12 for the season and 5.03 over his past two outings.
When these two squads faced one another a year ago, Pittsburgh got the victory over Georgia Tech, 24-19.
Pittsburgh Panthers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Free Pick
SU Winner: Georgia Tech, ATS Winner: Georgia Tech, O/U: Over
Team Betting Notes
- Both teams have lost six fumbles this year.
- The Pittsburgh defense has more than three times as many sacks as Georgia Tech this year (38 versus 12).
- Pittsburgh, as a team, has averaged 3.3 yards per carry over its last three games and 3.8 over its last two.
- Georgia Tech has averaged 4.6 yards per carry over its last three contests and 4.5 over its last two.
- Over its last three contests, Georgia Tech is 1-1-1 ATS and the over cashed in each of those three.
- The Over/Under for Pittsburgh’s last game going into it was 42. The under cashed in the team’s 16-12 defeat to Miami (FL).
- Over its last three matchups, Pittsburgh is 2-1 ATS and the under cashed in two of those three.
- The O/U for Georgia Tech’s last outing going into it was 46.5. The over cashed in the 28-21 triumph over Miami (FL).