Motivation

College Football Odds, Picks for Pitt vs. Syracuse: Motivation vs. Matchups in Regular-Season Finale – The Action Network

Summary

Pitt vs. Syracuse Odds

Pittsburgh clinched the ACC Coastal division last week with a win against Virginia and has very little to play for this Saturday when it visits the Carrier Dome.

The Orange have dropped two consecutive games in blowouts following a 5-4 start to the season and have bowl eligibility on the line.

All signs point to Syracuse head coach Dino Babers returning for a seventh season regardless of Saturday’s result, but the Orange have only been to on…….

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Pitt vs. Syracuse Odds

Pittsburgh clinched the ACC Coastal division last week with a win against Virginia and has very little to play for this Saturday when it visits the Carrier Dome.

The Orange have dropped two consecutive games in blowouts following a 5-4 start to the season and have bowl eligibility on the line.

All signs point to Syracuse head coach Dino Babers returning for a seventh season regardless of Saturday’s result, but the Orange have only been to one bowl game in his six-year tenure.

Pittsburgh is a bad matchup for the Orange, but it’s unclear if Pitt is all-in for this game given the stakes of next week’s ACC Championship.

There’s a potential chance that the Panthers will rest some key players, keep things vanilla or be thinking more about one of their three potential opponents in Charlotte next week.


Pitt Vertical Attack Can Give Orange Trouble

No player has seen their draft stock rise higher this season than Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, who is now getting first-round buzz following a stellar season at the helm.

Pitt boasts the seventh-best passing offense by Success Rate in the entire country, finishes drives at the ninth-best rate in the country and has an ability to hit big plays through the air with ease.

These kinds of vertical passing offenses have given the Orange trouble this year — Wake Forest and NC State exposed the Syracuse secondary.

Pickett has struggled with turnovers in recent weeks, he’s thrown six interceptions in the last four games, but the Panthers offense has been very good at preventing Havoc this season.

Pitt ranks 15th in Havoc Allowed, and despite a solid Syracuse pass rush and run defense, Pickett should have enough time to throw and pick on an Orange defense that doesn’t grade out well in coverage, per PFF.

The only concern here is whether Pitt rests Pickett or some of its offensive skill players with next week on the mind.

Pitt Defense Not Consistent Enough

Pittsburgh’s defense has been a very inconsistent unit this season that has cost the Panthers on more than one occasion.

It’s played a very mediocre schedule of opposing offenses and still been exposed on multiple occasions — a home loss to Western Michigan in which they allowed 44 points, 29 allowed to a Duke offense that has been dead for more than a month, a late collapse against Sam Howell that nearly led to a loss and 38 to Miami in another loss.

The Panthers are an aggressive defense that grades out well against the run with a rank of 23rd in Rushing Success Rate Allowed and a mark of 12th in Defensive Line Yards. That’s the handicap to stop the Syracuse offense, and the Panthers should be …….

Source: https://www.actionnetwork.com/ncaaf/college-football-odds-picks-pitt-panthers-vs-syracuse-orange-betting-preview-november-27