Virginia Tech Hokies vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds
An old Big East rivalry is renewed as Virginia Tech visit Pitt Saturday afternoon (noon Eastern, ESPNU). The Hokies, 2-0 after a win over Austin Peay, are favored by 11 points on the road over the Panthers, who are off to an 0-2 start under new Coach Chryst.
Betting Line: Oddsmakers opened the Panthers as 10.5-point underdogs in the game at , while the betting total had not been set at the time of writing.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 52 and the Hokies at No. 60 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 41-3 result in favor of the Hokies.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 111-ranked offense, averaging 13.5 PPG, against a Hokies defense that ranks No. 22 this week at 12 PPG. The Panthers aerial game is averaging 258.5 yards per game, more than the Hokies secondary allows through the air, 79 YPG per game.
Virginia Tech was a 42-7 winner in their most recent outing at home against Austin Peay. There was no line on the game due to the fact a non-board team was involved. Virginia Tech cruised to victory in its last outing, as they ran up a 42-7 score against Austin Peay at Lane Stadium.
Pittsburgh was a 34-10 loser in its last match on the road against Cincinnati. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 44 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Ray Graham went over the 100-yard mark (103) in his team's latest effort, but Cincinnati still defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 34-10.
Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the conference are 7-3
Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 4-6
A few Hokies at Panthers trends to consider:
Virginia Tech is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Virginia Tech's last 10 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech home to Bowling Green, Saturday, September 22
Pittsburgh home to Gardner-Webb, Saturday, September 22