Pitt vs. Virginia Tech Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Pitt vs. Virginia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Pitt (4-6) vs. Virginia Tech (7-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 18th
Game Time: 12:20 pm ET
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Network: ACC Network
At the end of October, Virginia Tech was deep in the hunt for the ACC title and even more. Two weeks later, now it’s just about finding a nice bowl to go to.
The Hokies couldn’t get the O going vs. Miami, couldn’t come through against Georgia Tech, and now they’re trying to pull up out of the nosedive against a team desperate to stay alive.
After inexplicably crashing against North Carolina, Pitt needs this, and a nice finish to avoid a disastrous four-win season.
It’s a tough road for the Panthers, but they need to win their last two games to go bowling. No matter what happens this week, all of the focus will likely be on the regular season finale six days later against Miami.
One Reason Why Pitt Will Win
Can the Panthers catch the Hokies flat?
Now that the ACC title is out of the picture, Virginia Tech – despite it being Senior Day and this being the final home game – might have a hard time getting up for a mediocre team in what amounts to an exhibition game?
The Panthers might have lost to North Carolina, but the ground game that’s been on fire over the last few weeks still worked. Darrin Hall stayed hot, running for 121 yards and four scores as he and the O tried to overcome a wildly disappointing D.
This is a good, solid Virginia Tech run defense overall, and it was able to keep the Georgia Tech option attack to a mere 261y yards, but it got hit hard by a mediocre Miami ground game and struggles at times against the teams that can line up and blast away.
Virginia Tech has allowed just six rushing scores on the year. Two against Clemson, two against Miami, and two against the Yellow Jackets – all Hokie losses.
Pitt has scored two rushing touchdowns or more in six of its ten games.
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
Josh Jackson, it’s time to get hot again.
The Pitt secondary gives up way too many yards way too easily – North Carolina was able to march up and down the field early on – and now it’s up to Jackson to do the same right out of the box.
Just okay against Miami and Georgia Tech, he needs to be more consistent. It’s been a rough month in terms of accuracy, but he’s able to make plays on the move and down the field when he gets into a rhythm. Against Pitt, he should be able to move at will.
Dead last in the ACC in pass defense, Pitt will give up passing yards. Jackson has to take them.
What’s Going To Happen
Virginia Tech will bounce back with a solid performance at home.
It won’t be anything scintillating, but the defense will slow down Hall, Jackson will throw for an efficient 250 yards, and there won’t be a whole lot of drama after the first quarter.
Pitt vs. Virginia Tech Prediction
Virginia Tech 34, Pitt 17
Virginia Tech -15.5, o/u: 49
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