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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Pick & Prediction OCT 16TH 2021

Complete Lane Stadium Blacksburg
127Panthers Pittsburgh
128Hokies Virginia Tech
OP
0
60.5
CU
-6 -110
60o -110
ML
ML: -220
ML: 180
Partials
3
7 14 7 0
0 0 7 0
Score
28
7

The Coastal Division's representative in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game will come closer to being decided when Pittsburgh visits Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers and Hokies each enter with a 1-0 conference record, and with four of the other five teams in the division having at least two losses (the only one that doesn't is 0-1 Miami), the winner of Saturday's game will have the inside track toward an appearance in the conference final.

The game features Pitt's high-powered offense against a solid Virginia Tech defense.

The Panthers (4-1 overall) enter the game averaging 52.4 points a contest and haven't scored less than 40 in any game all season.

Pitt is led by quarterback Kenny Pickett, who is having a monster year. Pickett has completed 72 percent of his passes for 1,731 yards and 19 touchdowns, with just one interception.

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"This offense we are about to play is pretty special," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "This quarterback, he is playing at a high level. As good as anybody I've seen this year. The best quarterback we've played so far and maybe the best quarterback we'll play all year. This guy is at an elite level."

Pitt has had more time to prepare as well since it is coming off a bye week.

On the other side, Virginia Tech (3-2) has to turn the page after a heartbreaking home loss Saturday to Notre Dame, a game in which the Hokies took a 29-21 lead with under four minutes left.

But the Fighting Irish rallied to win 32-29 on a 48-yard field goal by Jonathan Doerer with 17 seconds left.

Virginia Tech has to regroup against a Pitt team that beat the Hokies 47-14 in Pittsburgh last season.

The Hokies have been strong defensively this season, allowing an average of just 18.6 points per game.

Offensively, Virginia Tech is led by quarterback Braxton Burmeister, who has completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 930 yards and five touchdowns.

Burmeister also leads the team in rushing with 193 yards on 54 carries.

"It's tough to go on the road anywhere, and we've struggled down in Blacksburg," Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. "It's a great challenge to go on the road and play a tough football team."

--Field Level Media

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Recap OCT 16TH 2021

Kenny Pickett was 22-of-37 passing for 203 yards and two touchdowns to lead Pittsburgh to a 28-7 win over Virginia Tech in an ACC game on Saturday at Blacksburg, Va.

Israel Abanikanda rushed for 140 yards on 21 carries for Pitt (5-1, 2-0 ACC), which outgained Virginia Tech in rushing yards, 208-90.

The Panthers have now won three straight games since a loss to Western Michigan in Week 3.

Virginia Tech quarterback Braxton Burmeister went 11-of-32 passing for 134 yards, one touchdown and one interception in defeat for the Hokies (3-3, 1-1).

Pitt opened the scoring with 7:35 left in the first quarter, marching 94 yards in 15 plays and taking a 7-0 lead on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Pickett to Gavin Bartholomew.

With 5:52 remaining in the second quarter, Pitt took a 14-0 lead on a 3-yard touchdown run by Pickett, a score that was set up after an interception by Erick Hallett gave the Panthers the ball at the Virginia Tech 29-yard line.

Pitt then took a 21-0 lead with 1:36 to go in the second quarter on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Pickett to Jared Wayne.

The scoring play capped a 5-play, 81-yard drive that lasted only 1:36.

The Panthers continued to pour it on to start the second half, going up 28-0 with 9:16 remaining in the third quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Vincent Davis.

Virginia Tech finally got on board with 6:33 to on in the third quarter, cutting Pitt's lead to 28-7 on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Burmeister to Tayvion Robinson.

But Virginia Tech couldn't get on the scoreboard the rest of the game in dropping its second straight.

Wayne caught six passes for 94 yards to flank Pickett and Abanikanda for Pitt, which held the ball for 38:16.

--Field Level Media

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