Virginia Cavaliers vs Pittsburgh Panthers 11/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews
The Virginia Cavaliers (6-4) will take on the 20th ranked Pittsburgh Pirates (8-2) in the ACC college football tournament at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 3:30 PM ET. Virginia just lost their recent stint versus Notre Dame and will try to rebound against 20th ranked Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Cavaliers lost their last two matches to BYU and Notre Dame following their four-game winning streak. Virginia is in 2nd place in the ACC Coastal Division with a 4-2 conference and a 6-4 overall standing this season.
The Cavaliers failed to score in each of the first three quarters and managed 3 points in the final quarter heading to their 3-28 blowout loss to the Fighting Irish, Saturday. Virginia gained 278 yards of total offense while their defense allowed 423 to Notre Dame.
The team dominated the passing offense at 196 to 174 yards with 82 rushing yards. The Cavaliers nailed 17 first downs with 36% 3rd down and 33.3% 4th down efficiency in the loss.
QB Jay Woolfolk completed 18 of his 33 attempted passes for 196 yards with two interceptions while rushing for 15 yards on 16 carries for Virginia.
RB Mike Hollins struggled in leading the running game for only 44 yards on 9 carries while QB Keytaon Thompson hauled down 9 passes for 110 receiving yards in defeat. On defense, LB Nick Jackson led the Cavaliers’ defenders with 3 solos and 6 assisted tackles in the loss.
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The 20th ranked Pittsburgh Panthers will try to defend their home field versus the visiting Virginia team after winning their last two matches. The Panthers defeated Duke and UNC following a defeat to Miami-FL that snapped their six-game winning streak.
Pittsburgh took the lead in the ACC Coastal Division with a 5-1 conference and an 8-2 overall standing while winning all their outings on the road. The Panthers took an early 23-7 lead in the first two quarters but failed to score in the second half forcing the game into overtime at 23-all.
Pittsburgh scored 7 points and stopped the offense of North Carolina in the 30-23 victory on November 11. The Panthers controlled the passing offense with 346 yards and the running game with 95 yards for a total of 441 offensive yards while their defense limited the Tar Heels to just 384 yards of total offense.
QB Kenny Pickett ruled the offense through the air for 346 yards on 58% passing and scored an impressive three touchdowns with one interception.
On ground offense, RB Israel Abanikanda led the running game with 63 rushing yards on 12 carries while WR Jordan Addison grabbed 6 passes for 84 receiving yards in the winning effort. On defense, LB SirVocea Dennis controlled the backfield for Pittsburgh with 9 total tackles and a sack.
Virginia Cavaliers vs. #20 Pittsburgh Panthers. The NCAAF Pick for this game is Pittsburgh -13.5. The Panthers gained momentum after winning eight of their ten outings played including their recent two contests this season.
Pittsburgh has no problem in scoring points to win games while Virginia struggled with two losses in a row. The prediction: Pittsburgh will win at 41-20.
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Virginia Cavaliers vs #20 Pittsburgh Panthers 11/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews
NCAAF Starting Time: 3:30 PM ET
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh Panthers -13.5
NCAAF Totals: 66.5