Penn State vs. Pitt fearless prediction and game preview.
Penn State vs. Pitt Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 14
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, Universal Park, PA
Penn State (2-0) vs. Pitt (1-1) Game Preview
Why Penn State Will Win
The Pitt offense just hasn’t been good enough.
It struggled against Virginia to start the season, and it sputtered in the second half in the 20-10 win over Ohio. Now it has to go up against a defense that’s been humming from the start.
The Nittany Lions have yet to deal with anyone who’s all that great – blowing out Buffalo last week – but they’re looking totally tuned up after their two tune-up games. The D leads the nation in sacks, is living behind the line against the run. and so far, it’s not giving up a thing through the air.
The Panther offensive line has been an issue early on – it’s about to be in for a long day – and while the passing game clicked last week, it hasn’t been efficient enough or effective enough to show it can keep up if the Penn State offense gets out to a good start. But …
Why Pitt Will Win
Even without injured star Rashad Weaver, the Panther pass rush has been terrific. The stats are a wee bit skewed going against mobile quarterbacks in Virginia’s Bryce Perkins and Ohio’s Nathan Rourke – they try to make plays that aren’t there and get caught a bit too often – but the pressure will be there. For the first time all season, Penn State’s backfield won’t be comfortable.
The run defense has been solid against two decent ground games, and overall, it’s been able to hold up relatively well despite the struggles on the other side.
The offense has been more of the problem, but if the Panthers can keep this in range early on and force Penn State to finally face a wee bit of adversity, the D should be come through.
At the very least, as long as the defense isn’t giving up a slew of early big plays, Pitt should be able to keep the score from getting out of hand. It should be able to stay in this for a full four quarters, especially if the Penn State running game sputters like it did last week against UB.
What’s Going To Happen
The Panthers just don’t have the pop or firepower to keep up. Penn State QB Sean Clifford has been great from the start, but after the problems last week, there’s some concern about the running backs being bottled up so easily.
Pitt has to find a way to keep moving the chains and keep the Penn State offense off the field. The Nittany Lions aren’t doing anything to control the clock so far this year, but that won’t matter. They’ll hit enough quick-strike scores to put this away against a Panther O that won’t be able to answer.
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Penn State vs. Pitt Prediction, Line
Penn State 34, Pitt 13
BetMGM Line: Penn State -16.5, o/u: 52
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 3
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