The Miami Hurricanes are a team to track down the stretch of the regular season because how they finish could have a big impact on the future of the program in regards to the job status of head coach Manny Diaz. Miami looked energized in an upset win over the NC State Wolfpack behind quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who called his shot and delivered. The Hurricanes will look for consecutive wins over ranked opponents on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Panthers, which would be undefeated if not for a puzzling loss to the Western Michigan Broncos in September.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Miami: 26 overall, 21 offense, 37 defense
Pitt: 9 overall, 15 offense, 14 defense
RB Donald Chaney Jr. - Out for the season (leg)
S Bubba Bolden - Out for the season (shoulder)
CB Al Blades Jr. - Questionable (undisclosed)
RB Israel Abanikanda - Probable (concussion)
WR Jordan Addison - Questionable (concussion)
TE Grant Carrigan - Out indefinitely (leg)
RB A.J. Davis Jr. - Questionable (undisclosed)
WR Gavin Thompson - Questionable (undisclosed)
Against The Spread
Miami: 3-4 ATS
Pitt: 6-1 ATS
Miami: Over 3-4
Pitt: Over 5-2
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Miami: 12 overall, 7 offense, 14 defense
Pitt: 33 overall, 34 offense, 35 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Pittsburgh -9
Moneyline: Pittsburgh -400, Miami +300
Opening line: Pitt -11
Opening total: 61.5
Thankfully, the betting public drove this number below 10, which is where the value is for Pittsburgh in this matchup. The Panthers lost to Miami in each of the last three seasons, so they know to take this team seriously no matter what the record is. Pittsburgh beat all three conference opponents they played this season by double digits, and the Hurricanes have not won consecutive games this season and will be brought back down to earth after last week’s big win.
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