Pittsburgh vs. Virginia Prediction
Will No. 25 Virginia continue to put together its breakout season when the Cavs play host to Pittsburgh in ACC play tonight at 7:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, November 2, 2018
7:30PM ET – Scott Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Virginia is favored at home, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -7 points against Pittsburgh. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 47 points. The public betting for this game currently has 53 percent going on Virginia at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
UVA an ACC contender?
Virginia is coming off a 31-21 win over North Carolina last week for its third straight win and fifth win in six games. The Cavaliers are now 6-2 overall, 4-1 in the ACC, 7-1 against the spread and 4-4 with the over/under total. UVA has also covered the spread in its last three.
The Cavaliers are tremendous on defense, holding opponents to just 18.8 points and 327.4 yards per game. Offensively, UVA is putting up 28.3 points and 390.8 yards per contest. The Cavs are led by their run game, which averages 186 yards per game. Jordan Ellis is leading the way with 683 yards rushing and seven touchdowns while Bryce Perkins has run for 575 yards and six scores. Perkins also has thrown for 1,623 yards and 15 touchdowns. Olamide Zaccheaus is the leading receiver with 56 catches for 690 yards and six touchdowns.
Pittsburgh wins when it scores
Pittsburgh is coming off a 54-45 win over Duke last weekend to move to 4-4 on the season. The Panthers are 3-1 in the ACC, 4-4 against the spread and 4-4 with the over/under total. Pitt has covered the spread in three straight games.
Pitt is averaging just 27.8 points and 374.8 yards per game on offense this season, but the Panthers have put up over 30 points in three of four wins and over 40 in two of those wins. Pitt has a strong run game, led by Qadree Ollison, who has run for 795 yards and seven touchdowns. Darrin Hall has added 429 rushing yards. Kenny Pickett has thrown for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 32.6 points and 436 yards per contest. Their run defense is giving up 185 yards per contest.
College Football Betting Trends
Virginia has covered the spread in five straight home games and in five of its last six games on grass.
Pittsburgh has covered the spread in five of its last six conference games and in seven of its last nine against winning teams.
Pittsburgh has won three straight in this series, but this is a different Virginia team. The Cavs are one of the best defensive teams in the ACC and Pittsburgh clearly needs offense to win games because the Panthers can’t stop anyone. Virginia will use its running game to grind out possessions and keep Pitt off the field. The Panthers aren’t good enough of a team to have to convert each possession into points.
College Football Prediction: Virginia -7