This Saturday, the (7-4) Pittsburgh Panthers will travel to Miami Gardens, FL to take on the (5-6) Miami Hurricanes. Kickoff will be at 8:00 PM EST inside Hard Rock Stadium. The last time that these two teams matched up, the Hurricanes walked away with a 38-34 win.
The Pittsburgh Panthers are coming into this one after taking down the Duke Blue Devils, 28-26. They efficiently moved the ball through the air, as they threw for 290 yards. They will need to stay hot on the offensive side of the field if they want to challenge the Hurricanes on the road.
The Miami Hurricanes are entering this matchup after falling to Clemson, 40-10. This game was never close, as the Tigers dominated on both sides of the field. Miami will have to score more points in this one if they want to take down the Panthers at home.
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Can the Panthers Stay Hot?The Pittsburgh Panthers are currently in third place in the Coastal division, as they are (4-3) inside the conference this season. They will have to win this game if they want to move up in the ranks. On offense, the Panthers are scoring 29.8 points per game and averaging 393 total yards. This is the 56th most points scored per game and the 65th most yards. They have shown that they can move the ball through the air or on the ground, as they run a balanced offense. Pittsburgh is currently throwing for 217.5 yards per game, which is the 86th most in the nation. Kedon Slovis will get the start at quarterback, as he has thrown for seven touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. He will target Jared Wayne consistently throughout this game, as he has recorded 807 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season. Pittsburgh has also shown that they can pound the rock on the ground. They are averaging 175.5 rushing yards per game, which is the 52nd most in the nation. Israel Abanikanda is the Panthers' lead back, as he has recorded 1,320 yards this season and scored 18 touchdowns. Last week, he ran for 113 yards and scored a touchdown against Duke.
On the defensive side of the field, the Panthers have also continued to hold their own. They are only allowing their opponents to score 24.1 points per game, which is the 46th least in the NCAA. They are also surrendering 313.7 total yards per game, as they have continued to shut down their opponents' rushing attacks this season. Pittsburgh is only giving up 94.5 rushing yards per game, which is the seventh least in the nation. They have continued to clog the middle and stuff their opponents rushing attack. The Panthers' secondary has also continued to hold its own. They are only allowing 219.2 passing yards per game, which is the 58th least in the country. Sirvocea Dennis continues to lead the way on the defensive side of the field, as he has recorded 85 total tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. Last week, he had 14 total tackles against the Blue Devils.
Injury Report: Nick Patti QB (Leg) is out indefinitely. Nate Temple DL (Leg) is out for the season.
Can the Hurricanes Wake Up at Home?The Miami Hurricanes have continued to struggle against ACC opponents this season, as they are currently in fifth place in the Coastal division. They are also (3-4) in the conference, as they could get back to .500 with a win over the Panthers. On offense, the Hurricanes are averaging 367.5 total yards and 24.3 points per game. This is the 91st most points scored per game and the 84th most yards. They have struggled to move the ball on the ground this season, but their passing attack has been solid. Miami is currently throwing for 237.2 yards per game, which is the 58th most in the country. Jacurri Brown will start at quarterback, as he has thrown for three touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He will get the ball to Will Mallory, as he has scored two touchdowns and recorded 435 yards this season. The Hurricane's original starting quarterback, Tyler Van Dyke is still listed as questionable, as he could possibly return for this game. The Hurricanes are also running for 130.4 rushing yards per game, which is the 93rd most in the country. Henry Parrish Jr is the Hurricanes' lead back, as he has run for 581 yards this season and scored four touchdowns. He is also averaging 4.7 yards per carry, as he has not been easy to take down on first contact. He is also listed as questionable for this game, though. Make sure to check the injury report before placing your wager.
On defense, Miami has continued to keep these games competitive. They were dominated by Clemson last week, but they are still only surrendering 25.4 points per game and 363.5 total yards. This is the 58th least amount of points given up per game and the 51st least amount of yards. Their front seven has continued to anchor this defense, as they have clogged the middle and consistently stopped the run this season. They are allowing 133.1 rushing yards per game, which is the 44th least in the nation. Their secondary has also been decent. They are allowing 230.5 passing yards per game, which is the 75th least in the NCAA. Corey Flagg Jr. continues to lead this defense, as the sophomore linebacker has recorded 56 total tackles this season and 2.5 sacks.
Injury Report: Tyler Van Dyke QB (Shoulder), Elijah Roberts DL (Undisclosed), Jacob Lichtenstein DL (Undisclosed), Henry Parish Jr. RB (Undisclosed), and Key'Shawn Smith WR (Undisclosed) are all listed as questionable.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
I will be riding with the Pittsburgh Panthers (-6.5) on the road against the Hurricanes, as I see them being the better team on both sides of the field. They are currently scoring the 56th most points per game and averaging the 65th most yards. Their defense has also been very tough to consistently beat, as I don't see the Hurricanes being able to do it. They are surrendering the 46th least amount of points per game and the 16th least amount of yards. They will completely shut down the Miami rushing attack, which will make it very difficult for them to move the ball. This will allow the Panthers to slowly pull away throughout this game, as they are rushing for the 52nd most yards per game. The Hurricanes have continued to slide in the wrong direction and I don't believe they will be able to recover after getting dominated by Clemson last week. They are extremely banged up and this Panthers team is still looking to make a bowl game. They have more to play for and they are the better offensive team in my opinion. The Panthers will consistently move the ball down the field and score enough points to cover this spread. Their defense will also slow down the Miami rushing attack, which will make it very tough for them to move the ball.
Pick the Pittsburgh Panthers and lay the points (-6.5).
Full-Game Total Pick
I will be taking the under (43.5) points in this matchup, as I don't see the Hurricanes scoring enough points to push this total over the number. The Pittsburgh defense has been impressive this season, as they are allowing the 46th least amount of points per game and the 16th least amount of yards. They will clog the middle and stop the run, which will make it difficult for the Hurricanes to consistently move the ball. The Panthers are allowing the seventh least amount of rushing yards per game, as their front seven is legit. They will dominate this game and keep the Hurricanes from pushing this total over (44.5). Now, I see the Panthers scoring in this game, but they won't be able to reach the over by themselves. The Miami defense is better than people think, as they are allowing the 58th least amount of points and the 44th least amount of rushing yards. They will do everything they can to slow down this Pittsburgh rushing attack, which will keep this total under the number.
Take the under (44.5) and expect both of these defenses to be the story in this one.