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College Football Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

September 16, 2023


The 1-1 Pittsburgh Panthers travel to take on the 1-1 West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday night in week 3 of the college football season. 

Pittsburgh enters this game with a record of 1-1 with a win at home against the Wofford Terriers by a score of 45-7 and a loss at home against the Cincinnati Bearcats by a score of 21-27 while the West Virginia Mountaineers enter this game with a record of 1-1 following a loss on the road against the Penn State Nittany Lions by a score of 15-38 and a win at home against the Duquesne Dukes by a score of 56-17. 

Which team will improve to 2-1 on the season with a win in this matchup on Saturday night? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Pittsburgh Panthers enter this game with a record of 1-1 following a 21-27 loss at home against the Cincinnati Bearcats while failing to cover the 6.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the college football season. 

Pittsburgh scored 21 points while compiling 262 total yards offensively which included 179 passing yards and 83 rushing yards while allowing 27 points and 371 total yards defensively which included 155 passing yards and 216 rushing yards. 

Phil Jurkovec led the team in passing, completing 10 of 32 attempts for 179 yards and three touchdowns. C’Bo Flemister led the team in rushing with six carries for 38 yards. Gavin Bartholomew led the team in receiving, catching three of five targets for 80 yards and a touchdown.

West Virginia enters this game with a record of 1-1 following a 56-17 win at home against the Duquesne Dukes while covering the 38.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the college football season. The Mountaineers scored 56 points while compiling 618 total yards offensively which included 314 passing yards and 304 rushing yards while allowing 17 points and 234 total yards defensively which included 231 passing yards and 3 rushing yards. 

Garrett Greene led the team in passing, completing 10 of 18 attempts for 240 yards and four touchdowns while adding 33 rushing yards. Jahiem White led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for six yards. Hudson Clement led the team in receiving, catching five of seven targets for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

BookMaker has the West Virginia Mountaineers listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday night in week 3 of the college football season. 

West Virginia has won six of the last ten and two of the last three games while going 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups in the series. Pittsburgh is 1-1 ATS overall this season while the West Virginia Mountaineers are 1-1 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS at home, and 1-0 ATS as a favorite. 

West Virginia is the slightly more talented team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Mountaineers are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the West Virginia Mountaineers -3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night. 

Spooky Express Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers -3