Pittsburgh Panthers (10-2) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-2)
December 4, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +3 / Pittsburgh Panthers -3; Over/Under: 73
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday in the college football ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium. The Pittsburgh Panthers look to win their third conference title in school history. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons also look to win their third conference title in school history.
The Pittsburgh Panthers have won all five non-home games this season. Kenny Pickett is completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 4,066 yards, 40 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Jordan Addison and Jared Wayne have combined for 1,959 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns, while Taysir Mack has 27 receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers ground game is averaging 157.8 yards per contest, and Israel Abanikanda leads the way with 580 yards and 5 touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 23.3 points and 353.8 yards per game. Brandon Hill leads the Pittsburgh Panthers with 64 tackles, Habakkuk Baldonado has 8 sacks and John Petrishen has 3 interceptions.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have won four of their last six non-home games. Sam Hartman is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 3,711 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Jaquarii Roberson and A.T. Perry have combined for 2,136 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns, while Taylor Morin has 35 receptions. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons ground game is averaging 168.2 yards per contest, and Christian Beal-Smith leads the way with 557 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing 29.1 points and 427.5 yards per game. Ryan Smenda Jr. leads the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with 66 tackles, Rondell Bothroyd has 7 sacks and Traveon Redd has 3 interceptions.
The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Demon Deacons are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games on grass and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December. The over is 15-5 in Panthers last 20 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Demon Deacons last 8 games overall.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons continue to get disrespected by oddsmakers despite their success this season. This game could also be decided with Wake’s 11th best passing attack against a Pitt pass defense that’s ranked 113th. However, even with that said, the Pittsburgh Panthers are the more balanced team here and far and away more trustworthy defensively, even if they can get cooked in the passing game. Pittsburgh heads into this contest on a roll and I don’t see things slowing down.