The Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange typically do their best rivalry work on the hardwood, but this year has been a big one for the former on the gridiron. The Panthers are in the ACC title game again, while the Orange could be in the market for a new head coach. This is a chance for Pitt QB Kenny Pickett to put up more big numbers to keep himself in the Heisman conversation.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Pitt: 9 overall, 10 offense, 20 defense
Syracuse: 65 overall, 70 offense, 45 defense
WR Jaylon Barden - questionable (undisclosed)
WR Taysir Mack - questionable (arm)
DL Keyshon Camp -questionable (leg)
OL Jake Kradel - questionable (undisclosed)
WR Melquise Stovall - questionable (undisclosed)
FB Chris Elmore - questionable (leg)
Against The Spread
Pitt: 8-3 ATS
Syracuse: 8-3 ATS
Pitt: Over 8-3
Syracuse: Over 5-6
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Pitt: 33 overall, 34 offense, 35 defense
Syracuse: 59 overall, 49 offense, 63 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Pitt -12.5
Moneyline: Pitt -490, Syracuse +340
Opening line: Pitt -10.5
Opening total: 59.5
29 degrees, flurries, 35 percent chance of snow, SW wind 8 mph
This is going to be a game where weather plays a factor. The Panthers rely heavily on Pickett’s to operate their offense, and any inclement conditions could hinder them. However, Syracuse is truly in shambles this year. Pickett needs a huge game for his Heisman hopes; he’s going to make sure the Panthers win convincingly here.
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