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Virginia vs. Pittsburgh - 11/2/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4) at Virginia Cavaliers (6-2)
Date & Time Friday November 2, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -7.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN2
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CFB | Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4) at Virginia Cavaliers (6-2)
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The Pittsburgh Panthers will take on the Virginia Cavaliers in college football action from Scott Stadium on Friday. 

Pitt sits at 4-4 on the year so far. The Panthers have recorded losses against Penn State, UNC, UCF and Notre Dame this season, and taken out Albany, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Duke. 

In the Blue Devils game, Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett logged 150 yards and two TDs, while Qadree Ollison put up 149 yards and a TD on the ground. Tops in receiving was Maurice Ffrench, with 75 yards and two touchdowns. 

Over on the Virginia side, they’re 6-2 so far this season. The Cavaliers’ losses have come against Indiana and NC State, while they’ve taken out Richmond, Ohio, Louisville, Miami (FL), Duke and UNC. 

In the Tar Heels game, Virginia QB Bryce Perkins put up 217 yards with three TDs and a pick, while also leading the team in rushing on 112 yards and a score. Tops in receiving for the Cavs was Olamide Zaccheaus with 110 catches for 108 yards. 

The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games and 7-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Pitt is 2-5-2 ATS in their last nine following a straight-up win and the under is 8-1 in their last nine road games. 

Meanwhile, the Cavs are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games and 7-1 ATS in their last eight overall. Virginia is 5-1 ATS in their last six on grass and 4-1 ATS in their last five conference games. 

That Duke game the Panthers are coming off of was pretty wild; it was a 54-45 victory for Pitt, who outscored the Devils 19-3 in the fourth quarter for a smooth comeback victory. It was a return to offensive form after the Panthers fell 19-14 in a tough one against the Irish. 

As for Virginia, they stumbled a bit out of the gate but since have gotten things together and seem to be playing fairly well. 

Still, I like Pittsburgh in this one and I expect a higher-scoring affair.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Panthers +7.5

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