Tennessee vs Pittsburgh Week 2 Pick ATS
Tennessee Volunteers vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Location: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
Point Spread: Volunteers -6.5 / Panthers +6.5
Money Line: Volunteers -250 / Panthers +197
This season, the Volunteers have an overall record of 1-0 and have yet to play a game in the
SEC. For the year, the Volunteers posted a .500 record on the road, going 2-2. In their last 3
away games, they went 1-2-0 against the spread.
None In the win, Tennessee completed 77.1% of their 35 passes, 3 of which resulted in
touchdowns. The team ended the game with 5 rushing touchdowns, along with a total of 218 yards on
The team’s leading quarterback is Hendon Hooker, who comes into the game with a passer rating
of 125.58. Heading into this week’s game, he has a total of 221 passing yards. So far, the team’s
most productive wide receiver is Cedric Tillman, who has caught 6 passes for a total of 68 yards.
The top option in the run game for the team is Jaylen Wright, who has carried the ball 13 times
for a total of 88 yards.
So far, the Panthers have an overall record of 1-0 and have not played a game in the Atlantic
Coast. Last year, the Panthers were an above .500 team at home, going 5-2. Across their last 3
home games, they had an ATS record of 2-1-0.
In their previous game, the Panthers picked up a 38-31 road win over West Virginia. This was
an impressive victory as they were also the 7.5 point underdogs. The team finished the game
throwing for 1 touchdown pass. Overall, the Panthers had 308 passing yards on a completion
percentage of 66.7%. The team ended the game with 3 rushing touchdowns, along with a total of 76
yards on the ground.
The team’s leading quarterback is Kedon Slovis, who comes into the game with a passer rating
of 123.61 on a completion percentage of 66.7%. Receiver Jared Wayne heads into the game, as the
team’s leader in receiving yards, with a total of 89. The Volunteers have turned to running back
Rodney Hammond Jr. a total of 16 times for a total of 74 rushing yards.
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Over their last 10 games, the Volunteers have covered the spread at a rate of 60.0%. In these
games, they posted a straight up mark of 6-4-0. Their last 10 over-under record comes in at
9-1-0. Tennessee has a positive scoring differential in these games, averaging 42.8 points per
game and allowing 30.3.
Against the spread, Pittsburgh have gone 6-4-0 in their last 10 games. Over this same period,
their straight up record is 8-2-0. The team averaged 35.6 points in these games, while allowing
24.9. Their over-under record was 4-6-0.
KEY STATS AND ANALYSIS
So far, the Volunteers are averaging 59.0 points per game on offense, which is good for 8th
most in college football.
In the passing game, the Volunteers are currently one of the leading groups in the country, at
351.0 yards per game through the air. This week, the Volunteers will be facing a Pittsburgh
defense that finished 168th in pass yards allowed per game. Last year, they averaged 248.5 yards
per game when facing defenses ranked outside the top 50 in passing defense.
Early on, Tennessee is averaging 51.0 rush attempts per game, good for 38th in the country. In
terms of production, they are 11th in yards per game at 218.0. This week, the Volunteers will be
facing a Pittsburgh defense that finished 12th in rush yards allowed per game. Last year, they
averaged 155.83 yards per game when facing top 25 rush defenses.
Going into the game, the Volunteers’ defensive unit is 31st in the NCAA in points allowed per
game at 10.0.
Heading into the game, the Panthers are ranked 44th in points per game.
So far, the Panthers are averaging 308.0 yards per game through the air, placing them 32nd in
the country. This week, the Panthers will be facing a Tennessee defense that finished 156th in
pass yards allowed per game. Last year, they averaged 350.23 yards per game when facing defenses
ranked outside the top 50 in passing defense.
This season, the Pittsburgh offense has struggled in the run game, averaging just 76.0 yards
per game on the ground. In terms of attempts, they rank 50th in the NCAA at 39.0 per contest.
This week, the Panthers will be facing a Tennessee defense that finished 106th in rush yards
allowed per game. Last year, they averaged 153.42 yards per game when facing defenses ranked
outside the top 50.
Heading into the game, the Panthers will hope for some improved play from their defense, as
they are currently 93rd at 31.0 points per game allowed.
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