Last week Virginia Tech nor Pittsburgh had good games, losing in disappointing fashion. North Carolina dismantled the Hokies (2-3, 1-1) in a 41-10 loss.
The Panthers (3-2, 0-1) opened ACC play with a 26-21 loss against Georgia Tech despite being favored by 21½ points. They tried to make a late-game comeback, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but fell short, causing the Panthers to drop out of the AP Top 25.
Virginia Tech Struggles All-Around
Virginia Tech was the lesser team in two straight games against quality opponents, losing 33-10 to West Virginia before playing North Carolina. The offense managed 10 points in each game, while the defense gave up a combined 948 yards.
Quarterback Grant Wells has struggled, throwing for more than 200 yards once, with five touchdowns and six interceptions. Against North Carolina, he ran for a touchdown but had a season-low in passing yards, 139, with an interception.
The running game has not offered much support, as lead back Jalen Holston could lose his starting job, getting 3.2 yards per carry. Keshawn King could be a reliable replacement, leading the Hokies in rushing yards while also being a receiving threat, with nine receptions, fourth most on the team.
The defense has been solid, holding opponents to 310.2 yards, with 100.8 on the ground. However, West Virginia and North Carolina did whatever they wanted on offense, as the Mountaineers rushed for 218 and the Tar Heels passed for 367.
Pittsburgh’s High Hopes Fall
Pittsburgh had high hopes for the season after going 11-3 last year, finishing with a loss in a bowl game. The Panthers started ranked 17th in the AP Top 25, but a nail-biting 38-31 win over West Virginia during the opening week showed some cracks. A loss to ranked Tennessee dropped them to 23rd, but being upset by Georgia Tech put a pause on the fans’ hopes.
The Panthers played the Mountaineers and Volunteers at home, and the defense struggled, giving up over 400 yards each match. It was a different game against the Yellow Jackets, as they committed three turnovers against a school that had just fired its head coach.
Kedon Slovis played well enough at quarterback after struggling in back-to-back weeks, throwing for 305 yards and three touchdowns. The issue was the offense never got going until late in the fourth quarter, and when lead running back Israel Abanikanda got hurt, his backup, Vincent Davis, fumbled twice.
The turnovers turned into 13 points for Georgia Tech, which negated a solid day for the Panthers’ defense. They controlled the passing game but gave up 232 yards on the ground.
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Virginia Tech vs Pittsburgh Head-to-Head
These schools have played 21 times, with Virginia Tech holding a slight lead with 11 wins. However, Pittsburgh has won the previous two games, including last season, 28-7.
Virginia Tech vs Pittsburgh Game Information
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 8th.
- Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
- Location: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
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Virginia Tech vs Pittsburgh Live Stream: ESPN
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Virginia Tech vs Pittsburgh Prediction
Pittsburgh wast upset at home last week. The Panthers will try to avoid the same mistakes, probably coming out focused against a Virginia Tech team that is struggling.
If the Panthers’ defense can contain the Hokies’ lackluster offense, that should be more than enough to cover the 14½-point spread.