Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Northwestern Wildcats, Pinstripe Bowl, Football Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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PITTSBURGH PANTHERS NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
8-4 December 28, 2:00 PM | Grass of Yankee Stadium 6-6

When: 2:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPN. OPENER: Pittsburgh -5.5

Team Spread Money Line Total
Northwestern +4.5 -110 +170 63 -105
Pittsburgh University -4.5 -110 -200 63 -115

The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Northwestern Wildcats will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Yankee Stadium.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (6-6, 5-4 Big Ten): Jackson, a first team All-Big Ten running back, posted his third consecutive 1,000-yard campaign and has 3,905 career yards rushing, 27 rushing TDs and a 4.7 per carry average. Thorson, who had seven TD passes and nine interceptions as a full-time starter his freshman season, was completing just 53 percent of his passes with five TDs and four picks during the Wildcats’ 1-3 start in 2016, but the sophomore finished by completing 60 percent of his tosses with 18 TDs against just four interceptions in the final eight games. On the defensive side of the ball, first team all-conference defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo tied for the league lead with 10 sacks while junior linebacker Anthony Walker, Jr. had 98 tackles but is averaging 9.4 tackles per game over his last eight.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (8-4, 5-3 ACC): Conner (ACC all-time leader with 56 touchdowns), a first-team all-conference performer, was given the Brian Piccolo Award for the “most courageous” football player in the ACC. Senior quarterback Nathan Peterman (59.7 percent completions, 2,602 yards, 26 TDs, 6 INT) threw 12 touchdowns against two interceptions in season-ending victories over Clemson, Duke and Syracuse and completed the season with a passer rating of 161.2 – tops in the ACC and ninth nationally. The Panthers pass defense is suspect, but one standout has been first-team all-conference defensive end Ejaun Price, who ranks second nationally in tackles for loss (1.8 per game) and fifth in sacks (1.0) with half of his 42 tackles this season being behind the line of scrimmage.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Panthers listed as 4.5-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 63 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42.

1. After playing in the highest-scoring game in FBS history, No. 23 Pittsburgh will look to light up the scoreboard again when it faces Northwestern in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl played at Yankee Stadium in New York City on Dec. 28. The Panthers averaged 10.9 yards per play in piling up 11 touchdowns in a 76-61 win over Syracuse in the regular-season finale Nov. 26 – the most points scored by a Pitt team since beating Temple 76-0 in 1977. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada, the mastermind of the offense which enters the contest ranked 10th in the country in scoring (42.3 points per game), will join LSU in the same position right after the bowl game to resurrect a dormant Tigers offense.

2. The Northwestern defense will provide Pitt a stiff challenge, ranking 23rd in FBS in points allowed (22.1 per game) despite yielding 402 yards per game. On the other side of the ball, Wildcats sophomore quarterback Clayton Thorson (2,968 yards, 21 TDs, 8 INTs) will try to take advantage of a Panthers defense that ranks 127th in passing yards allowed (343.1 per game). His primary target will be former walk-on Austin Carr, a first team All-Conference pick who caught 23 passes his first three seasons but led the Big Ten in receptions (84), yards (1,196) and receiving touchdowns (12) as a senior in 2016.

3. Pitt, which is playing in its ninth consecutive bowl, finished the season on a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2004 and had the distinction of being the only team to beat two Power-5 conference champions (42-39 over Penn State of the Big Ten; 43-42 over Clemson of the ACC). The Wildcats became bowl-eligible for the seventh time in the last nine seasons with a 42-21 triumph over Illinois on Nov. 26 behind 173 yards rushing and three touchdowns by Justin Jackson. The junior (Big Ten-leading 1,300 yards, 12 TDs) won’t be the only elite running back in the game, as Pitt’s James Conner ran for 1,060 yards and scored 20 touchdowns after sitting out all but one game in 2015 with a torn ACL and a bout of lymphoma.

Northwestern was a 42-21 winner in its last match at home against Fighting Illini. They covered the -17-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 63 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 76-61 winner as they battled Orange at home. Pittsburgh failed to cover in the match as a -24.5-point favorite, while 137 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Pittsburgh:
Team record: 8-4 SU,5-7 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games

Northwestern:
Team record: 6-6 SU,7-5 ATS
Northwestern is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Northwestern’s last 16 games

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Northwestern Wildcats will cover the spread at +4.5 and the game will go over 63 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Pittsburgh 38, Northwestern 35 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
PITT TEAM NWESTN
42.3 PTS FOR 25.6
35.6 PTS AGNST 22.1
6.8 DIFF. 3.5
217.8 PASS YDS 247.7
229.8 RUSH YDS 145.3
343.1 PASS D 265.1
110.1 RUSH D 136.7
-0.3 TO DIFF -0.6
INJURIES
PITTSBURGH
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
NORTHWESTERN
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
NORTHWESTERN
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Northwestern’s last 16 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Northwestern’s Overall Defense 42.3 10 22.1 23
Northwestern’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 25.6 91 35.6 109
POWER STATS
YARDS PER POINT
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
PITT 10.6 12.7 -2.2
NWESTN 15.4 18.2 -2.8
YARDS PER PASS
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
PITT 8.9 8.0 0.8
NWESTN 6.6 6.8 -0.2
YARDS PER RUSH
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
PITT 5.4 3.4 2.0
NWESTN 3.9 3.7 0.2

 

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