Virginia Tech vs. Pitt fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 10
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Virginia Tech (4-4) vs. Pitt (5-4) Game Preview
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
The passing game is keeping the team in games, with Ryan Willis stepping in for Josh Jackson and doing more than his share to try righting the ship during the collapse. He’s connecting on close to 60% of his passes for well over 200 yards with at least two scores every week.
He’s not amazing, but he’s been good enough. Now the other parts have to come together, starting with a big day from the other side of the ball.
The defense might have a whole slew of nightmarish problems right now, but at least it’s getting into the backfield.
The Pitt offensive line has been fine, but it’s about to be under attack from a D that’s cranked up five tackles for loss or more in every game but the Georgia Tech game.
It has to do something, because …
One Reason Why Pitt Will Win
Can Virginia Tech stop the run? Sort of, but not really.
Throw out the statistical outlier of the Georgia Tech game – the Yellow Jackets skew the stats with their attack – but the Hokie defensive front wasn’t able to stop Boston College or North Carolina on the ground, either.
Even with the pressure in the backfield from the Virginia Tech defensive front, Pitt should be able to come up with enough big dashes to overcome the negative plays.
Qadree Ollison was the star against Duke – with 149 yards and a slew of big dashes on just 18 carries – and Darrin Hall kicked it all in with a brilliant day in the muck against Virginia, running for 229 yards and three scores.
Pitt is getting the production from a variety of spots, and it’s taking all of the pressure off of QB Kenny Pickett. He’s not bombing away, and he has yet to throw for 200 yards, but he hasn’t thrown a pick in the last three games. As long as the running game works, don’t screw up, and the passing game will be good enough.
What’s Going To Happen
Virginia Tech has to turn around and be good again at some point, doesn’t it?
It’s a little late in the game for that, and it’s the final home game of the year for the Panthers. The pressure is on now, with the Coastal title there for the taking. Win this game, and then get one more win or a Virginia ACC loss, and Pitt – PITT – is off to the ACC Championship.
The running game takes the flake factor out of the mix, and now, Pitt is playing with just enough confidence to pull this off against the reeling Hokies.
Virginia Tech will play well enough to stay in it, but the run defense will falter late.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Pitt 27, Virginia Tech 23
Line: Pitt -3, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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