Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Miami Hurricanes Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/29/13
Miami Hurricanes (8-3) at Pittsburgh Panthers (6-5)
College Football: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Hurricanes travel to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers on Friday afternoon.
Miami improved to 8-3, 4-3 ACC, after beating Virginia at home 45-26 last weekend. The Hurricanes started off the year 7-0 before dropping 3 straight games leading up to their victory on Saturday. In the win over Virginia, Miami gained only 304 yards and turned the ball over 2 times. QB Morris completed 13 of 26 passes for 214 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. RB Crawford rushed for only 55 yards on 16 carries but scored twice. On the year, Morris has thrown for 2,572 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Crawford has rushed for 501 yards and 12 touchdowns. Crawford has become the starting running back after star RB Duke Johnson went down with a season ending injury a month ago. Against Virginia, the Hurricanes defense allowed 483 but they were able to force 4 turnovers in the win. Miami was able to capitalize on the Virginia’s miscues and jump out to an early lead. On the year, the defense is allowing 25.5 points per game, which ranks 55th in the country. Miami will try to end the season on a positive note against Pittsburgh this weekend.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers improved to 6-5 overall, 3-4 ACC, after beating Syracuse on the road 17-16 last weekend. RB Isaac Bennett scored the decisive touchdown on the final play of the third quarter and the Panthers rallied past Syracuse to become bowl eligible. Pittsburgh only gained 239 total yards and turned the ball over two times. QB Savage completed 28 of 41 passes for 218 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Savage, who had suffered 37 sacks coming in, was sacked three more times in this game. WR Chris Boyd had 10 catches for 82 yards for the Panthers. The Panthers defense allowed only 307 yards against Syracuse and did a good job getting off the field on third down. Pittsburgh allows an average of 25.9 points per game, which ranks 59th in the country this season. The Panthers have not won two straight games since September and will have their hands full against Miami this weekend.
Miami and Pittsburgh last played back in 2010 where the Hurricanes won by 28 at Pittsburgh. The Hurricanes have given up a ton of yards on the ground, but the Panthers do not run the ball that well. Pittsburgh loves to throw the ball and Miami is just average against the pass. On the other side, the Hurricanes would like to establish the run, but they are thin in the backfield so I think they will take advantage of a weak Pittsburgh secondary. Miami, even with the injuries, is a more talented team and will come away with the win and the cover on Friday.