Virginia Cavaliers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers, first game on Friday, rivalry since 2003 slightly in favor of Pittsburgh. The home team knows how important it is to win this game, not only to break the historical record, but to have another victory in the conference and become the second best of the ACC. The visitors already know what it is to win at the Cavaliers’ home, but the last victory was in 2016 and that season was not good for the Cavaliers.
Virginia Cavaliers: Win or nothing.
The Cavaliers this season have shown a better performance with good results, especially in the conference with 4 wins and one loss to occupy first place in the ACC Coastal Division. Overall the team has a record of 6 wins and 2 losses, most of the victories have been at home with five perfect wins and zero defeats, just 3 games on the road with 2 losses.
In the historic against Pittsburgh, the statistics are in favor of the Panthers 5-3-0 since 2003. Since 2015 the Panthers have 3 wins, two of those games were on the road and only one in 2016 at home and the Cavs lost 31-45. Last year was the last game and the Cavaliers lost on the road 14-31.
Bryce Perkins has made the Cavaliers season better than the previous year. The numbers for Perkins are positive with 63.1% effectiveness in completed passes. 15 TD passes this year with only 8 interceptions, most of the interceptions have been at home.
Pittsburgh Panthers: Record in our favor.
This season for the Panthers has not been the best with four wins and four losses, the team needs to win to have aspirations of a divisional final. Three victories in the division with a single defeat, but the team has not won a single game on the road this season, they lost against UNC 38-35, UCF 45-14 and Notre Dame 19-14. Last week they won against Duke 54-45 at home. The defensive problems have varied from week to week.
Kenny Pickett is in his second year with the Panthers, it has not been such a bad year with 60.6% in completed passes, but touchdown production has been poor with 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Virginia Cavaliers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers 11/02/2018
is: take the OVER 47.5 (Totals).
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