Pittsburgh vs. NC State - 10/14/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
NC State Wolfpack (5-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (2-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Out at Heinz Field on Saturday, the NC State Wolfpack and the Pittsburgh Panthers will be meeting up in Week 7 ACC college football action.
The Wolfpack are sitting at 5-1 on the year, falling to South Carolina in the opener before rattling off wins over Marshall, Furman, Florida State, Syracuse and Louisville. In that Cardinals game, NC State QB Ryan Finley put up a 20-of-31 line for 367 yards and one TD; Nyheim Hines was the leading rusher with 18 carries, 102 yards and two scores.
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So far this year for the Wolfpack, Finley has put up 1770 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Hines sits at 100 carries, 513 yards and five scores. Leading NC State in receiving is Kelvin Harmon, with 33 catches, 434 yards and two scores.
Over on the Pittsburgh side, they’re currently 2-4 with wins over Youngstown State and Rice alongside losses to Penn State, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech and Syracuse. In that Orange game, Pittsburgh QB Max Browne put up 161 yards on 15-of-22 passing, while Jordan Whitehead was the leading rusher on seven carries, 73 yards and a TD.
On the season thus far, Browne leads the passers with 997 yards, five scores and two picks; Qadree Ollison is the leading Panthers rusher on 63 carries, 249 yards and four touchdowns. Rafael Araujo-Lopes is the top Pittsburgh receiver on his 26 carries, 335 yards and one TD.
NC State is 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven conference games. The under is 8-0 in the Wolfpack’s last eight conference games and 4-1 in the Wolfpack’s last five games in October.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games and 1-5-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. Pittsburgh is also 0-4 ATS in their last four home games versus a team with a winning road record and the over is 7-1-1 in the Panthers’ last nine home games.
After giving up 35 points versus South Carolina, the NC State defense has not surrendered more than 25 points in their last five games. The offense has scored at least 27 points in all of those games, and hit at least 33 points in four of five. Aside from a couple of bright spots, Pittsburgh doesn’t do a whole lot of things well; they’re just okay on the ground and pretty underwhelming in the passing game. I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick against the Wolfpack here, so I’ll take NC State for the cover.