Free College Football Picks Today: Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Panthers 11/26/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Panthers 11/26/22
Sat 26th November 2022

The No. 24 University of Pittsburgh Panthers (7-4, 4-3 ACC) and No. 25 University of Miami Hurricanes (5-6, 3-4 ACC) face off Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium for their regular season finales. The Panthers are 6.5-point favorites, and the total is 43.5.

Pittsburgh is coming off a close 28-26 win over Duke at Acrisure Stadium last Saturday, their third consecutive victory. Kedon Slovis was 15 of 32 for 190 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Israel Abanikanda ran 17 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. Jared Wayne caught four passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Miami (FL) lost 40-10 to No. 9 Clemson at Memorial Stadium last Saturday. Jacurri Brown threw for 68 yards and an interception. He added 22 yards on the ground. Will Mallory caught four receptions for 42 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Hurricanes won the only game between the teams last season, a 38-34 victory in October, their fourth straight win against Pittsburgh. Tyler Van Dyke threw three touchdowns for Miami (FL), as Jaylan Knighton added two TDs. Kenny Pickett tossed three touchdowns for Pittsburgh.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Panthers are averaging 29.8 points per game for the season, sixth in the ACC, and they are facing a Hurricanes defense that has surrendered 25.4 PPG (10th). Meanwhile, Miami (FL) has scored 24.3 points a game this season, 10th in the conference, and Pittsburgh is allowing 24.1 PPG (8th).

The Panthers rank 87th in the nation in passing yards per game (217.6) and 52nd in rushing (175.2), while the Hurricanes are 75th in passing yards allowed per game (230.5) and 44th against the run (133.8). Miami (FL) is 58th in the country in passing yards per game (237.2) and 93rd in rushing (130.4).

Pittsburgh’s defense will present a challenge on the ground, as the Panthers are 8th in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (94.6). Against the pass, the Panthers are 58th (219.2).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through 10 games, Kedon Slovis has thrown for seven touchdowns (8 INT) and 213.5 yards per game to lead Pittsburgh in passing. In three away games this season, he has one TD (2 INT) and an average of 200.7 yards passing.

Israel Abanikanda leads the team in rushing with an average of 132.0 yards a game over 10 games. He has 18 touchdowns on the ground and two through the air. Jared Wayne is the Panthers’ leading receiver with 80.7 yards a game and two TDs.

Tyler Van Dyke has 10 passing touchdowns (4 INT) with 219.1 yards per game through eight games to lead Miami (FL). In six home games this season, he has thrown for eight TDs (4 INT) and an average of 197.5 yards.

Henry Parrish Jr. has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 63.1 yards a game through nine games. He has six total touchdowns, four rushing and two receiving.

Will Mallory has been the primary target in the Hurricanes’ passing game. He has two touchdowns and a 43.5 yard per game average through 10 appearances.

HOME AND AWAY

Miami (FL) is looking to avoid a fifth straight home loss this season.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Miami (+200)

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