Pittsburgh Panthers (2-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (0-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 22, 2018, 12:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels +3 -- Over/Under:
The Pittsburgh Panthers and the North Carolina Tar Heels will be meeting up in college football action from Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Pitt is sitting at 2-1 so far this year. The Panthers opened up with a 33-7 win over Albany, then were crushed 51-6 by Penn State and took a 24-10 win in their last game against Georgia Tech.
In that GT game, Pittsburgh QB Kenny Picket logged 197 yards and a pick, while Qadree Ollison was the top rusher for the Panthers on 17 carries for 91 yards and two TDs. Taysir Mack had 95 yards on four catches to lead the Pitt receivers.
Over on the North Carolina side, they are currently 0-2 thus far. The Tar Heels fell to California in the opener 24-17, then were beaten by East Carolina 41-19. NC’s hope opener was postponed due to the hurricane this past Saturday.
In the East Carolina game, the Tar Heels’ Nathan Elliott posted 219 yards on 22-of-38 passing, with Anthony Ratliff-Williams doing most of the work on 84 yards and four catches. Antonio Williams led the Heels with 96 yards from six carries on the ground.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games in September. Pittsburgh is 1-4-2 ATS in their last seven following a striaght-up win and the under is 6-0 in their last six road games.
Meanwhile, the Heels are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five on grass. North Carolina is 0-3-1 ATS in their last four in September and 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.
Thanks to the terrible weather this weekend, things are a little off-kilter coming into this game for the Tar Heels. It’s been a long couple of weeks, and there are still many lingering storm effects to deal with out that way. In any case, looking at this from a football standpoint Pitt seems like the logical choice. They’ve got some good playmakers and if things go well on the field I don’t see a whole lot of pushback. Give me the Panthers.