Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Miami Hurricanes Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 26th 2022

Stadium: Sun Life Stadium Miami Gardens
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The Miami Hurricanes have one more chance to become bowl eligible, and it will come on Saturday night in an ACC battle against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers.

Miami (5-6, 3-4) opened as a six-point underdog against Pitt (7-4, 4-3) in what will serve as the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Hurricanes lead the annual series 29-11-1, and has won four in a row over Pitt.

However, Miami is coming off a 40-10 loss at Clemson and has yet to beat a team with a winning record this season.

Pitt, meanwhile, will enter Miami's Hard Rock Stadium on a three-game winning streak. Those victories were over Syracuse, Virginia and Duke.

Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said he will have his team practice indoors this week to prepare for Miami's heat and humidity.

"We'll turn it up to 70 degrees," Narduzzi said.

Weather reports indicate it will be in the 80s in Miami on Saturday night.

The Hurricanes struggled against Clemson, gaining 30 yards on 24 runs. Miami's top two running backs, Henry Parrish Jr. and Jaylan Knighton, combined to rush 12 times for 20 yards.

"We didn't get a ton of movement up front," Miami coach Mario Cristobal said in an understatement.

One factor that could swing Saturday's game would be the return of Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. The Hurricanes are 2-3 since he hurt his throwing shoulder against Duke, and it's possible he could be back to face Pitt.

In his absence, Miami has turned to true freshman Jacurri Brown, who has flourished as a runner (4.4 average) but has lacked accuracy as a passer (59.5 percent completion rate, three touchdowns, two interceptions).

Pitt quarterback Kedon Slovis hasn't been great, either, completing 57.8 percent to go with seven touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

The Panthers are powered by running back Israel Abanikanda, who leads the ACC in rushing yards (1,320) and points (116). He has rushed for 18 touchdowns and a 5.9 average.

Pitt's Jared Wayne ranks fifth in the league with 807 receiving yards.

Defensively, Pitt's Calijah Kancey leads the league in tackles for loss (14 1/2) and is tied for second in the ACC with 7 1/2 sacks. Teammate SirVocea Dennis has 10 1/2 tackles for loss.

Miami's Akheem Mesidor has 10 1/2 tackles for loss and is tied for fifth in the league with seven sacks.

--Field Level Media

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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Miami Hurricanes

D'Eriq King fired four touchdown passes and overcame two costly interceptions to lead No. 13 Miami to a 31-19 victory against visiting Pittsburgh in Atlantic Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon.

Miami (4-1, 3-1 ACC) was without star tight end Brevin Jordan (shoulder). However, Jordan's backup, Will Mallory, caught two touchdown passes and King completed 16 of 31 passes for 222 yards.

Pitt (3-3, 2-3), which lost its third straight game, was without standout senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (ankle).

Redshirt freshman Joey Yellen started in place of Pickett. Yellen, who started one game last year for Arizona State, completed 22 of 46 passes for 277 yards and one TD. He fumbled twice and lost one.

Pitt receiver Jordan Addison caught eight passes for 147 yards, and Alex Kessman went 4-for-4 on field goals.

Miami, with the only points of the first quarter, got a 35-yard touchdown pass from King to Cam'Ron Harris. King took a step forward to simulate a running play and then dropped back and flipped the ball over Pitt's defense.

The Hurricanes extended their lead to 14-0 on King's 6-yard pass to Mallory, who caught the ball in the right flat and ran over a tackler. That 11-play, 45-yard drive was sparked by Pitt's fake punt, which was foiled by an open-field tackle from Miami freshman Isaiah Dunson.

Pitt closed the first half with a pair of Kessman field goals of 33 and 24 yards.

The second field goal was set up when Panthers defensive end Deslin Alexandre deflected a King pass at the line of scrimmage. Safety Paris Ford intercepted and ran it back to Miami's 12 as King made a touchdown-saving tackle.

Miami scored on the first drive of the second half to take a 21-6 lead as King hit a wide-open Mike Harley for a 38-yard touchdown pass.

Pitt scored 10 straight points to cut its deficit to 21-16 with 9:20 left in third. First, Yellen completed a 55-yard pass to Addison to set up a 36-yard Kessman field goal. Then, Marquis Williams intercepted a King pass and returned it to the Miami one, where Yellen tossed a TD pass to Daniel Moraga.

The third quarter ended with Miami leading 28-19 as King hit Mallory with a 45-yard TD pass, and Pitt answered with Kessman's 30-yard field goal.

Miami extended its lead to 31-19 on Jose Borregales' 37-yard field goal with 4:13 left, and Pitt turned it over on downs to virtually end the game.

--Field Level Media

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