Pittsburgh Panthers vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/11/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 11, 2021
Venue:  Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Where to Watch:  ESPN, TBA


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Panthers -3.5, Volunteers +3.5; Over/Under:  57 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Panthers -3.5, Volunteers +3.5; Over/Under:  56 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Panthers -3.5, Volunteers +3.5; Over/Under:  56.5 points

Season Record

Pittsburgh Panthers:  1-0 (2nd place, ACC Coastal)
Tennessee Volunteers:  1-0 (3rd place, SEC East)
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Pittsburgh Panthers vs Tennessee Volunteers Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Pittsburgh Panthers:  won 1
Tennessee Volunteers:  won 1

Offensive Analysis

Last season the Panthers averaged a 57.6% completion percentage, 259.7 passing yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 120.1 rushing yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Volunteers were averaging a 62.8% completion percentage, 204.7 passing yards, and 1.4 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 141.5 rushing yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game on the ground

Defensive Analysis

Last season the Panthers were allowing teams a 56% completion percentage, 246 passing yards, and 2.1 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 93.5 rushing yards and 1 touchdown per game on the ground. The Volunteers were allowing teams a 68.2% completion percentage, 265.8 passing yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 141.6 rushing yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game on the ground.


Panthers vs Volunteers Prediction

The Pittsburgh Panthers are sitting in 2nd place of the ACC Coastal conference with a 1-0 record. They won their first matchup of the season against the UMass minutemen 51-7 in PA. They will be going up against Tennessee on Saturday night. Kenny Pickett had a decent outing completing 27/37 passes for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rodney Hammond Jr led the running game with 44 yards rushing. Vincent Davis, Israel Abanikanda, A.J. Davis, Daniel Carter, and Nick Patti all found the end zone on the ground in that game. Lucas Krull led the team in receiving with 58 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions. Jared Wayne also played well with 55 receiving yards on 6 receptions. John Petrishen led the defense with 4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, and 2 sacks on the day. They will want to take advantage of this game as their schedule after this is quite tough featuring Georgia Tech, Clemson, Miami, Duke, North Carolina, VA, Syracuse, and a Virginia Tech Hokies game coming up on the full list.

The Tennessee Volunteers are currently sitting in 3rd place of the SEC East with a 1-0 record. They won their season opener last Thursday night against Bowling Green 38-6. Joe Milton III had an alright game at quarterback completing 11/23 passes for 139 yards and 1 touchdown. Tiyon Evans led the way in the running game with 120 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 16 carries. Jabari Small also had a great day as he rushed for 117 yards and 1 touchdown on 22 carries. Joe Milton got involved as well rushing for 44 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jalin Hyatt led the team in receiving with 62 yards on 4 receptions while Cedric Tillman was not far behind him with 48 receiving yards and 1 touchdown on 2 catches. Theo Jackson led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 5 assisted ones. DaJon Terry and Tyler Baron both got to the quarterback in that game with both recording 1 sack each.

The Vols played a good game last week even shutting out their opponents in the second half scoring 3 touchdowns and a field goal but they still have a lot of work to do on offense. They will be the host for Pitt in this game. The passing game is not quite there yet for this team although there are some good pieces there. The Panthers showed last week they have a great passing game but their running game does need some work as well. The Panthers spread the ball around a lot and have a lot of depth that they can give the ball to. Josh Heupel is slowly turning things around but there is still a way to go if they ever plan on making the playoffs in December or ever getting a National Title so the Panthers to cover this spread is a good wager for bettors.
Panthers Volunteers Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 (12:00 pm ET start local time) is Panthers 31 Volunteers 24.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Pittsburgh Panthers: 6-2 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 12-3 ATS in a road game where the total is between 52.5 and 56.  5-1 ATS in non-conference games. 
Tennessee Volunteers: 2-0 ATS as a home underdog of 7 points or less.  2-0 ATS as a home underdog of 3.5 to 7 points.

Key Injuries

Pittsburgh Panthers:  None.
Tennessee Volunteers:  J. Calloway (WR) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. A. Willis (LB) Out indefinitely - Suspension injury.

Players to Watch

Pittsburgh Panthers: Kenny Pickett is one player to watch in this game. He put up some pretty good stats in the last game and will need to be on point in the passing game in this NCAA college football game to beat these Volunteers.
Tennessee Volunteers: Joe Milton III is one player to watch in this game. He played alright in their last game but he will need to step it up in the passing game if they want to upset Pittsburgh in this game. Watch for him to make some big throws against this defense.

Notable Quotes

“We got a Tennessee team that we haven’t played the personnel there, but Josh Heupel coming from UCF, having two games with them, gives us a little bit of an advantage. It gives them an advantage as well because they know who we are on both sides of the ball.” - Pat Narduzzi ahead of this game against Tennessee.
“At the running back position, I thought we did a really good job of pressing the line of scrimmage and delivering second-level blocks to some of our combinations, whether it’s a center and a guard, or a guard and a tackle. I thought they bounced it well when it was right to bounce it, they didn’t just look to bounce it. I thought they finished the runs really well, trying to get plus-two out of it.” - Josh Heupel after their first game of the season.

Starting Lineups

Pittsburgh Panthers
WR Mack, Taysir 
WR Jacques-Louis, Shocky 
WR Addison, Jordan 
TE Krull, Lucas 
QB Pickett, Kenny 
RB Abanikanda, Israel 
Tennessee Volunteers
WR Jones Jr., Velus 
WR Tillman, Cedric 
WR Hyatt, Jalin 
TE Warren, Jacob 
QB Milton III, Joe 
RB Evans, Tiyon 

Statistical Leaders

Pittsburgh Panthers
Passing: K. Pickett (272)
Rushing: R. Hammond Jr. (44)
Receiving: L. Krull (58)
Touchdowns: L. Krull (1)
Sacks: J. Petrishen (2)
Tackles: J. Petrishen (4)
Tennessee Volunteers
Passing: J. Milton III (140)
Rushing: J. Small (116)
Receiving: J. Hyatt (62)
Touchdowns: J. Milton III (2)
Sacks: D. Terry (1)
Tackles: T. Jackson (6)
Pittsburgh Panthers: Pat Narduzzi (7th season)
Tennessee Volunteers: Josh Heupel (1st season)

Weather Forecast

79 degrees F sunny, 60% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 4 mph wind speeds SW.

Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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