Pittsburgh vs Stanford -6 (o/u 52)
The ACC conference was weak enough that Pittsburgh made it to the ACC championship game by winning the Coastal Division despite a record of 7-5. They lost the title game to #2 Clemson in a rout. It’s notable they played #3 Notre Dame tough before losing a close one 19-14 in South Bend. With an offense hat could only manage 371.7 YPG (179th in the nation), some people would say Pitt won enough games to be bowl eligible using mirrors. They did get great production from the talented rushing duo of Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall, who together accounted for 2,211 yards and 20 TDs. The defense struggled with consistency most of the season. However, they did manage to hold 5 lessor teams to less than 20 points.
With RB Bryce Love expected to have a big year, Stanford entered the season with high expectations and an equally high national ranking. Unfortunately, injuries slowed Love during a horrible mid-season stretch where Stanford loss 4 of 5 games against national powers like Washington, Washington State, Utah and #3 Notre Dame. With Love hobbled, the pressure to lead the offense fell to QB K.J. Costello, who responded nicely by throwing for 3,435 yards and 29 TDs with 11 interceptions. WR JJ Arcedo-Whiteside was his favorite target, catching 60 passes for 969 yards and 14 TDs. The defense was solid, giving up just under 24 PPG.
Prediction: Very interesting matchup between two teams that had good times and struggles. Bryce Love has ruled himself out for this game to protect from further injury prior to the NFL draft. That leaves Costello in charge against a Pitt D that is susceptible to the pass. If Pitt is able to control the game on the ground, they could keep this game close. Good game to pass the game, but. Play Pittsburgh +6