Pittsburgh Panthers (5-3) at Miami-FL Hurricanes (4-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 5, 2016, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Miami-FL Hurricanes -6 -- Over/Under:
Here’s an interesting ACC college football matchup in Week 10 on Saturday, November 5, as the Pittsburgh Panthers take on the Miami Hurricanes from Hard Rock Stadium.
Pittsburgh comes into this game with a 5-3 record following a tough 39-36 loss to Virginia Tech in their most recent outing. The Panthers gave up a career-high 406 yards passing to Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans in that one, factoring largely into the loss. Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman put up a 13-of-22 line on the other side for 267 yards, one TD and one pick, while RB James Conner managed a great outing with 19 carries for 141 yards and three scores. Scott Orndoff was the Panthers’ lead receiver with two catches for 96 yards.
So far this year for Pittsburgh, Peterman is 113-of-180 for 1519 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Conner leads the rushing attack with 143 carries, 672 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Over on the Miami side, they’re entering play here with a 4-4 record, dropping four straight after winning their first quartet. The Hurricanes’ latest loss came this past Saturday against Notre Dame 30-27. In that game, Miami QB Brad Kaaya went 26-of-42 for 288 yards, a TD and an interception, while Mark Walton led an ugly rushing attack on 18 carries for 45 yards and a TD. Stacy Coley was Miami’s top receiver with seven receptions for 81 yards.
On the year thus far for the Hurricanes, Kaaya is 147-of-238 for 1984 yards, 13 TDs and six picks, and Walton holds 130 carries for 649 yards and nine touchdowns. Ahmmon Richards is Miami’s leading receiver with 23 receptions for 488 yards and one TD.
Pittsburgh is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven conference games. Pittsburgh is also 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall, and 27-12-1 ATS in their last 40 games following a straight-up loss.
Miami is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in November, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. Miami is also 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games versus a team with a winning road record.
Realistically speaking, Pittsburgh has a pretty good and well-balanced offense—potentially, anyway. The trouble the Panthers keep getting into is caused by their secondary, who Miami will look to exploit here. I don’t think the Hurricanes have enough offensive juice to keep up, however, as they’ve scored 19 points or fewer in three of their last four games. I’ll take Pittsburgh in this one, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the over come in, either.