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Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 8:00pm EST
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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

When: Thursday, November 14, 8:00 PM. ET.

The Pittsburgh Panthers will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday night.

Tar Heels Going For Seventh Consecutive Win Over Panthers

The Tar Heels are coming off a close loss to Virginia and have to win two of their remaining three games to become bowl eligible in their first season under Hall of Fame head coach Mack Brown. They have won their last six games against the Panthers and will try to make it seven wins in a row on Thursday night.

North Carolina has played well offensively, averaging 28.1 points per game. They do a great job throwing the ball, averaging 277.4 yards per game, which is 32nd in the country, and also run the ball well with a 168.4 yards per game average, which is 62nd in the country.

Sam Howell leads the team with 2,472 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, and five interceptions, and will be needed at his best to get past the Panthers.

Defensively, the Tar Heels have a lot of work to do. The team is giving up 27.1 points per game and will need to play well against the pass if they want to win this game.

Panthers Going For Sixth Win In Seven Games

The Panthers bounced back from their loss to Miami with a road win over Georgia Tech, thanks to another great defensive performance. They will try to pick up their second win in a row, which will give them their sixth win in their last seven games and snap their six-game losing streak to the Tar Heels when they play this week.

Pittsburgh hasn’t played well offensively, averaging 20.9 points per game. However, they have done a good job throwing the ball, averaging 249.1 passing yards per game, and will cause problems for the Tar Heels, who have trouble stopping the pass.

Kenny Pickett has played well for the Panthers this season and leads the team with 1,952 yards, nine touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He has thrown four interceptions in his last two games and will need to do a better job protecting the ball if he wants to lead his team to victory.

Pittsburgh’s defense has been very good this season, holding opponents to 20.1 points per game. They held their last opponents to 10 points and will need to continue playing well to get the win on Thursday.

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The Panthers are the pick here because they usually play well against the spread when coming back from a bye and also match up well against the Tar Heels. North Carolina has an offense that averages 28.1 points per game because the team throws and runs the ball well, which makes it difficult to stop. However, the team isn’t very good defensively, giving up 27.1 points per game, which is why they have been involved in so many close games. The Panthers will create problems for the Tar Heels’ offense because they do a good job defending the pass and run, holding opponents to 194.3 passing yards and 85.9 rushing yards per game, and should be able to keep the Tar Heels in check. Even though the Panthers are averaging 20.9 points per game, they will score more points in this game because they average 249.1 passing yards per game and will carve through North Carolina’s secondary, which is giving up 234.9 passing yards per game, allowing them to pick up the win.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Panthers -4

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The Panthers are averaging 20.9 points per game but will go over their season average against the Tar Heels, who are giving up 27.1 points per game. North Carolina is averaging 28.1 points per game, but they will fall short of their season average against the Panthers, who are giving up 20.1 points per game and haven’t given up more than 20 points in their last three games, which will keep the score under the total.

Prediction: Under 50.5

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The Panthers will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Tar Heels in the first half of their last three games, averaging 15.7 points per game while the Tar Heels average 13.7 points per game.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Panthers -0.5

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The Tar Heels and Panthers are averaging 29.4 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over 25
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.