Iowa vs. Pittsburgh - 9/19/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Pittsburgh Panthers and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Panthers look to build on their quick 2-0 start to the season. Nate Peterman is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Peterman and Chad Voytik have combined for two scores and two picks. Tyler Boyd and Scott Orndoff have combined for 150 receiving yards and one touchdown while senior J.P. Holtz has three receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers ground game is averaging 226 yards per contest, and Qadree Ollison leads the way with 288 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 22 points and 258.5 yards per game. Nicholas Grigsby leads the Panthers with 13 tackles, Tyrique Jarrett has four tackles for loss and Avonte Maddox has five pass deflections. Reggie Mitchell is questionable for this matchup.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes also hope for a big win in order to remain undefeated. C.J. Beathard is completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 426 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Beathard has six touchdowns in his last three games. Matt VandeBerg and Jordan Canzeri have combined for more than 280 receiving yards and two touchdowns while senior Tevaun Smith has five receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 235 yards per contest, and LeShun Daniels, Jr. leads the way with 179 yards on 34 carries. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 15.5 points and 270.5 yards per game. Nate Meier leads the Hawkeyes with 13 tackles, Ben Niemann has 4.5 tackles for loss and Desmond King has an interception. Drew Ott is questionable with a head injury.
The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
Pittsburgh is more of a finesse team, especially with James Conner out for the season. Iowa is way too physical and is going to ware Pittsburgh down over the course of four quarters.
It may not always be pretty, but the Iowa Hawkeyes will win and cover, improving to 3-0 on the season.