The Tennessee Volunteers and Pittsburgh Panthers face off in Week 2 in an intriguing non-conference matchup. The Vols are coming off a 38-6 victory over Bowling Green while the Panthers demolished UMass 51-7. Both teams appear to be complete opposites of each other offensively, with Tennessee featuring a strong ground game while Pitt relies on senior quarterback Kenny Pickett.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Tennessee: 43 overall, 69 offense, 22 defense
Pitt: 27 overall, 55 offense, 15 defense
WR Jimmy Calloway - Probable
OL Cooper Mays - Probable
LB Byron Young - Unknown (NCAA eligibility issue)
DB Kamal Hadden - Probable
WR Ramel Keyton - Probable
Against The Spread
Tennessee: 3-6-1 ATS (2020), 0-1 (2021)
Pitt: 5-6 ATS (2020), 1-0 (2021)
Tennessee: Over 3-7 (2020), Over 0-1 (2021)
Pitt: Over 8-3 (2020), Over 1-0 (2021)
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Tennessee: 19 overall, 19 offense, 17 defense
Pitt: 33 overall, 34 offense, 35 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Pitt -3.5
Moneyline: Pitt -170, Tennessee +150
Opening line: Pitt -3
Opening total: 56.5
71 degrees, 1 MPH wind, 0% chance of rain
Tennessee +3.5 (-110)
Both teams appear to be strong defensively, but this is the first true test of the season for each squad. Tennessee has a great ground game and should be able to control possession more easily than Pitt. Pickett is used to hostile environments, but Neyland Stadium is always on another level. With the home crowd, a decent defense and a potent run game, taking the Vols with the spread is the play.
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