The Virginia Tech Hokies (4-4) and the Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4) will both enter into the final three games of their seasons when they face off on Saturday. Both of these teams call the ACC home and will be fighting for a leg up in the closing games of the 2020 season. The Hokies are sixth in the conference, with a 4-3 record within the ACC. The Panthers are ninth and have a 3-4 record when facing ACC opponents. The last time these teams faced off was in November of last year, where the Hokies shutout the Panthers 28-0.
Hokies Hope For A Win In Final Road GameThe Hokies have just three games left on their schedule to balance their .500 record and work their way up the standings. The schedule is a mixed one. They’ll be facing two teams below them in the standings, and one team well above them. Virginia Tech enters their game against the Panthers on a two-game losing streak. They’re 2-2 on the road this season and have had mixed results on their offense. By far their biggest strength has been their rushing yards. They rank seventh nationally, with 262.8 rushing yards per game. Within the ACC, they’re fourth in total yards per game, but they have the second-worst passing yards. Their biggest weakness on defense is their rushing yards allowed- at 193.9 they’re the fourth worst in the ACC.
The most recent loss that the Hokies faced was at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes. The Hurricanes, who are ninth in the country, beat them by only a single point with a final score of 25-24. The Hokies led for the entire game until a touchdown at 5:59 in the fourth quarter put the Hurricanes on top. Virginia Tech had 362 total yards this game, with 202 passing and 160 rushing. They had 26 first downs, a 6-17 third-down efficiency, and a fourth-down efficiency of 1-2. Hendon Hooker completed 19 of 29 pass attempts and threw one interception. Hooker also led the team in rushing yards this game. He rushed for 59 yards across 21 carries and had one rushing touchdown. Tre Tuner led the Hokies with 86 receiving yards from five receptions.
Panthers Back In Action After PostponementThe Panthers are going to have a bit of rust when they hit the field to take on the Hokies. After finally breaking a four-game losing streak with a victory over Florida State, they were forced to pause their season for a week. They were meant to take on Georgia Tech last Saturday, but the game was postponed and rescheduled for later this year due to COVID-19 concerns. Theirs was the sixth game in the conference so far this season that’s had to be rescheduled. Despite the issues that the team has faced this year, they’ve still made their mark. Pittsburgh’s strength lies in their defense. They allow only 296.5 total yards per game, the ninth-lowest in the nation. Their rushing yards allowed are even better. At just 78.8 yards per game, they’re the second-best in the nation in that category.
As mentioned, the last game that the Panthers played was two weeks ago. They faced off against the Florida State Seminoles and came away victorious, with a final score of 41-17. Pittsburgh had 358 total yards, with 210 passing and 148 rushing. Across 31:12 of possession, they totaled 16 first downs, and a 7-15 third-down efficiency. Kenny Pickett had a 77.7% completion rate, completing 21 of 27 pass attempts, and threw neither a touchdown or interception. Vincent Davis led the team with 50 rushing yards from 13 carries and had a single touchdown. Leading the team by far in receiving yards was Jordan Addison, who made up 127 of the teams’ 210 receiving yards from 11 receptions.
- he Panthers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- The Panthers are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games.
- The Hokies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- The Hokies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up loss.