A fun non-conference matchup is scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2021, when the Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0) visit the Tennessee Volunteers (1-0). Both teams had easy opening games and comfortably came away with wins. This game will air live on ESPN at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Pittsburgh came out firing in the first game and are averaging 35.0 points and 598.0 total yards, 375.0 passing and 223.0 rushing. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 5.0 points and 209.0 total yards, 167.0 through the air and 42.0 on the ground.
The Tennessee offense is averaging 38.0 points per game and 471.0 total yards, 145.0 passing and 326.0 rushing. Defensively, the Vols allowed 6.0 points and 219.0 yards, 187.0 through the air and 32.0 on the ground.
Below is the college football pick, and preview, for the battle between the Pittsburgh Panthers and Tennessee Volunteers. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Pittsburgh at Tennessee Betting Trends
Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games.
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the road.
Pittsburgh is 6-0 SU in their last 6 games played in September.
Pittsburgh is 16-4 SU in their last 20 games played in week 2.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games played on a Saturday.
Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games played on a Saturday when playing on the road.
Tennessee is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tennessee’s last 8 games.
Tennessee is 2-7 SU in their last 9 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tennessee’s last 5 games at home.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
Tennessee is 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games played in September.
Tennessee is 16-4 SU in their last 20 games played in week 2.
Tennessee is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games played on a Saturday.
Tennessee is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing as the underdog.
Pitt scheduled, arguably, the worst FBS program in the country week one and handily beat the UMass Minutemen 51-7 last Saturday. The Panthers jumped to a 37-0 lead and were in cruise control throughout the entire game. QB Kenny Pickett went 27/37 for 272 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Pitt ran the ball 41 times for 223 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, the Panthers allowed 209 yards and recovered one UMass fumble.
Tennessee opened their season with a 38-6 home thumping over the Bowling Green Falcons. The Vols jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. New QB Joe Milton III went 11/23 for 140 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, and ran the ball 14 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Tennessee ran the ball 64 (!) times for 326 yards and four touchdowns on the night. Tyron Evans and Jabari Small each ran for 116 yards against the Falcons. Defensively, the Vols allowed just 219 total yards and did not force any Bowling Green turnovers.
Series History: Pitt has won both meetings against Tennessee, with the last coming in 1983.
Prediction: This is one of the toughest lines of the weekend. I am going to back Tennessee +2.5 to get the win at home.