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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pick-Odds-Predictions 10/25/14

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-2) at Pittsburgh Panthers (4-3)

College Football: Saturday

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 57 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets travel up north to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia Tech dropped to 5-2 on the year after losing at North Carolina 48-43 last weekend. The Yellow Jackets have lost two straight to Duke and now North Carolina after winning five straight games to start the season. The Yellow Jackets beat the likes of Wofford, Tulane, Georgia Southern, Virginia Tech, and Miami to start the season. Against North Carolina, The Yellow Jackets outgained the Tar Heels 611 to 579 in total yards. The defense allowed 189 rushing yards and 390 passing yards, while forcing 1 turnover. The Georgia Tech defense is allowing 28.3 points per game on the year, which ranks 83rd in the country. QB Justin Thomas completed 8 of 18 passes for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Tar Heels. RB DeAndre Smelter not only rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown, but also caught 2 balls for 58 yards and a score. The Yellow Jackets are putting up an average of 34.4 points per game, which ranks 37th in the nation this season. Georgia Tech ranks 5th in rushing yards per game, averaging over 306 yards on the ground per contest. This will be the Yellow Jackets fourth road game of the season; Georgia Tech is 2-1 on the road this year.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pick-Odds-Predictions 10/25/14

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The Pittsburgh Panthers improved to 4-3 on the year after beating Virginia Tech at home 21-16 last weekend. The Panthers snapped a three game losing streak in which they lost to Iowa, Akron, and Virginia. Pittsburgh has knocked off Delaware, Boston College, FIU, and now Virginia Tech this season. Against the Hokies, Pittsburgh outgained Virginia Tech 331 to 291 in total yards. The Panthers defense forced one turnover and held the Hokies to only 26 yards rushing. The Panthers defense is allowing only 18.6 points per game, which ranks 14th in the country. QB Chad Voytik completed 10 of 17 passes for 92 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Voytik also led the team in rushing with 118 yards, while RB James Conner rushed for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. QR Tyler Boyd caught 6 balls for 86 yards and a touchdown. On the year, Pittsburgh is averaging 29.1 points per game this season, which ranks 72nd in the nation. The Panthers also rank 20th in rushing yards, averaging 239 yards per contest. The Panthers will be hosting their fifth game of the year; Pittsburgh is 2-2 at home this season.

Georgia Tech beat Pittsburgh 21-10 last season at home. Both teams will bring a solid rushing attack to the field on Saturday to say the least. The question is what team can slow down their opponent on the ground? I believe Pittsburgh has the playmakers on both sides of the ball to get the job done in this one. Pittsburgh seems to be back on track with the win over Virginia Tech and I believe they will get the win and cover at home on Saturday.

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