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Panthers vs Cavaliers Betting Matchup Report

Virginia CavaliersPittsburgh Panthers
2-1September 28, 2013, 12:30 | Heinz Field2-1

The Panthers hope to be bad hosts on Saturday as the Cavaliers pay a visit to Heinz Field in Week 5 betting action.

The Cavaliers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 2-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Panthers are 0-2-1 ATS. Virginia is 2-1 on the totals; Pittsburgh is 3-0.

View Virginia Cavaliers vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Cavaliers in this one found them as 6.5-point Underdog on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.

The Panthers - Cavaliers odds would favor the Panthers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 41 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Cavaliers sit at No. 85. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 31-30 win for the Cavaliers.

In their last game, Pittsburgh's aerial attack generated 424 yards and the Panthers came away with a 58-55 victory over Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 28-ranked offense, averaging 40 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 63 this week at 25 PPG. The Panthers aerial game is averaging 289.67 yards per game, more than the Cavaliers secondary allows through the air, 140 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cavaliers own the league's No. 75-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 213 yards per game when on the road. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 73 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cavaliers at Panthers trends to consider:
Virginia is 4-12-1 ATS in its last 17 games
Virginia is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
Virginia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Virginia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Virginia at Ball State, Saturday, October 5th
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech, Saturday, October 12th