Iowa Hawkeyes at Pitt Panthers Free Pick & Preview
- Updated: September 17, 2014
Date/Time: September 20, 12:00 p.m. ET
College Football Betting Odds From BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread: Panthers -6
The Pitt Panthers played what seemed like an easy opponent last week in Florida International, but when the game was over they were happy to escape with a victory. In what was an obvious letdown situation, Pitt failed to execute in the first half. Untimely sacks, shanked punts and costly turnovers were all problems in the first half. The Panthers regrouped in the second half for a convincing win, but will have to adjust their mindset for this weekend’s game against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Panthers may also open up their playbook for the game against the Hawkeyes. Coach Paul Chryst may look to expand his game plan and get the passing game in gear to match up with a strong rushing game. In three games, Pitt has thrown for only 304 yards, which is just short of 23 percent of the offense and only about 100 yards per game. The Panthers will want to avoid becoming one dimensional and predictable.
In the last game Iowa proved it can be beat through the air. They allowed Iowa State quarterback Sam B. Richardson to complete 25 of 37 passes for 255 yards. The offense has looked equally unimpressive. The Hawkeyes are scoring a little more than the 21.7 points per game (ranking near the bottom of the FBS) and are having problems putting up points against weaker opposition.
The latest college football betting trends in this game favor the home team. The Hawkeyes are 2-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. The Panthers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games when they play against a team with a winning road record, 8-2-2 ATS in their last 12 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a game in which they failed to cover the spread.
College Football Picks: Iowa +6
In the last outing the Hawkeyes were burned through the air, but overall they have a stout defense. Iowa is giving up less than 20 points a game, ranking 30th in the nation and come into this game focused after an ugly loss to a rival. Iowa has yet to allow a 100 yard rusher and that will be problematic for Pitt rusher James Conner. This will pose a matchup problem for the Panthers who will ask more out of untested signal caller Chad Voytik. This is a great spot to back the Hawkeyes to get the win as a live underdog.