Pittsburgh Panthers at Eastern Michigan Eagles
Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Ford Field)
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The Pittsburgh Panthers will take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. Eastern Michigan is playing in Michigan for the bowl game. That’s helpful. The Eagles clinched a bowl berth with a win against Northern Illinois, on the road in late November. However, Eastern Michigan lost the most recent battle against Kent State at home.
Eastern Michigan is led by Mike Glass III, the senior quarterback who has thrown for 2,858 yards along with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His favorite target is Arthur Jackson III, the senior receiver, who has 39 receptions for 679 yards and six touchdowns. Eastern Michigan averages 402.8 yards of offense but allows 428.3 yards on the defensive side of the ball.
Pittsburgh has been the most inconsistent team this season. The Panthers won against UCF when they were ranked 15 and lost to Penn State in the final seconds on the road. The Panthers took a beating from Virginia Tech and also lost to Boston College just recently.
Kenny Pickett, is to blame for the inconsistencies. He’s thrown for 2,737 yards but just 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The rushing attack is led by A.J. Davis who has 126 attempts for 532 yards and four touchdowns.
Both teams run the ball for about 120 yards per game but Eastern Michigan throws the ball for 30 more yards a game than Pittsburgh. However, Eastern Michigan’s defense has watched offenses gash them through the ground, as teams have averaged 202.4 yards on the run.
Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf.
Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. ACC.
Under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 games on fieldturf.
Over is 5-0-1 in Eagles last 6 games as an underdog.
If Eastern Michigan can minimize the big plays on the ground, they’ll stay right in this game. If they can force a turnover or two from Pickett, the Panthers might even win this game. Final Score Predictions, Pittsburgh Panthers wins 27-21.