Marshall at Pittsburgh - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (1-2) at Pittsburgh Panthers (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -15.5 -- Over/Under: 66.5 See the Latest Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd and Pittsburgh Panthers meet in a must win game early Saturday night at Heinz Field.
The Marshall Thundering Herd need a win to get back to a .500 record when they take the road for the first time this season. Chase Litton is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 722 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Litton has 13 touchdown passes in his last four games. Josh Knight and Ryan Yurachek have combined for 287 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Michael Clark has seven receptions. The Marshall Thundering Herd ground game is averaging 159.6 yards per contest, and Keion Davis leads the way with 152 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Marshall is allowing 41.3 points and 478.7 yards per game. Corey Neely leads the Thundering Herd with 23 tackles, Chase Hancock has 1.5 sacks and Terry Richardson has one interception.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers look to snap back-to-back losses and return home where they’ve won six of their last nine games. Nathan Peterman is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 643 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Peterman has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. James Conner and Jester Weah have combined for 306 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Quadree Henderson has 12 receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers ground game is averaging 249.5 yards per contest, and Conner leads the way with 347 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 32 points and 422.3 yards per game. Jordan Whitehead leads the Panthers with 31 tackles, Ejuan Price has 5.5 sacks and Terrish Webb has one interception.
The Thundering Herd are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. ACC. The Panthers are 13-6-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
This is a lot of points to give either one of these teams considering Pittsburgh and Marshall are allowing a combined 73.3 points per game. Besides opening week against Villanova, Pittsburgh has had all of its games come down to the wire win or lose. Marshall will also have its quarterback on the field after Litton did not play last week, and he's a difference maker who has 27 career completions of 25-plus yards. While Pittsburgh is the more physical team, this has a shootout written all over it.
Give me Marshall and the points.