The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-3, 0-1 ACC) will be trying to pick up their first road win of the season when they face the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-1, 0-0 ACC) on Saturday night. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 27-10 loss to UCF as 21-point underdogs. The Panthers are coming off a 45-24 win over Rhode Island as 32.5-point favorites.
Pittsburgh is 6-3 in nine games against Georgia Tech.
Yellow Jackets Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing StreakThe Yellow Jackets got their season off to a poor start, losing three of their first four games. The 1-3 start and the team not showing any signs of improvement on offense led to the school firing head coach Geoff Collins, who lost 28 of the 38 games he coached.
The team will be hoping the change translates to better results on the field, starting with a win over the Panthers, which will give them their second win in five games.
Georgia Tech is averaging 13.8 points per game. They are throwing for 184.8 yards and rushing for 126.8 yards per game.
Jeff Sims completed 66 percent of his passes for 314 yards and one touchdown in the loss to the Knights. Hassan Hall had seven carries for 54 yards, while Malachi Carter had three catches for 89 yards and one touchdown.
Georgia Tech has struggled defensively, giving up 31.8 points per game. They aren’t very good against the run and they’re facing a potent ground attack, so they will need to play better if they want to win this game.
Panthers Going For First Conference WinThe Panthers are off to a good start after winning three of their first four games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Yellow Jackets, which will give them their fourth win in their last five games and their first conference win of the season.
Pittsburgh is averaging 36.8 points per game. They are throwing for 237.5 yards and rushing for 181.5 yards per game.
Kedon Slovis completed 74 percent of his passes for 189 yards in the win over the Rams. Israel Abanikanda had 19 carries for 177 yards and four touchdowns, while Konata Mumpfield had five catches for 42 yards.
Pittsburgh has played well defensively, giving up 25.5 points per game. They gave up 18.5 points per game in their last two games and will need to keep it up if they want to get the win.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Yellow Jackets have lost three of their first four games and their offense has been terrible, with the team failing to score more than 10 points in three of their first four games. They rank in the bottom half of the country in passing and running and they’re facing a defense that has done a good job against the run and pass, so expect their offensive struggles to continue in this game. The Panthers haven’t had any trouble scoring this season, with the team putting up at least 30 points in three of their first four games. They have a very good ground game and a decent passing attack, going up against a defense that is one of the worst in the country against the run, so expect them to exploit Georgia Tech’s poor run defense and pick up the win. Go with Pittsburgh to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Yellow Jackets are averaging 13.8 points per game and 10 points per game on the road. They averaged 17 points per game in their last three games against the Panthers. They will have a hard time moving the ball against the Panthers, who have a stout defense that is giving up 25.5 points per game, so expect them to be held under 14 points in this game. The Panthers are averaging 36.8 points per game and 36.6 points per game at home. They averaged 35.3 points per game in their last three games against the Yellow Jackets. They have a great running game and they’re facing one of the worst run defenses in the country, so expect them to score enough points to push the score over the total.