The Pittsburgh Panthers (0-0) and West Virginia Mountaineers (0-0) square off in the 2022 edition of the Backyard Brawl on Thursday, September 1. The Panthers are favorites, by 7.5 points. The over/under is 51 in the contest.
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Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia Betting Trends
- Against the spread, Pittsburgh was 10-4-0 last season.
- Against the spread, as 7.5-point favorites or greater, the Panthers went 4-3 last season.
- Out of 14 Pittsburgh games last season, eight went over the total.
- Pittsburgh won 10 of the 12 games it was the moneyline favorite last season (83.3%).
- In games it played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -295 or shorter, Pittsburgh had a record of 3-1 (66.7%).
- Against the spread, West Virginia was 6-7-0 last year.
- West Virginia covered every time (2-0) as underdogs of 7.5 points or more last year.
- There were five West Virginia games (out of 13) that went over the total last year.
- West Virginia won two of the seven games it played as underdogs last season.
- West Virginia was 1-1 last season when entering a game as the underdog by +234 or more on the moneyline.
Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia: Over/Under Trends
- In games last year, Pittsburgh and its opponent combined for more than 51 points.
- West Virginia’s games finished with over 51 points scored times last year.
- These two teams scored a combined average of 66.6 points per game last season, higher than the total for this matchup by 15.6 points.
- The total for this game is 51 points, 3.6 higher than the combined points allowed for these two teams last season.
- The point total average for Panthers games last season was 59.6, 8.6 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
- Last season, Mountaineers games resulted in an average scoring total of 52.1, which is 1.1 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
Pittsburgh Players to Watch
- Kenny Pickett’s previous season stat line featured 4,319 passing yards (308.5 yards per game) while going 334-for-497 (67.2% completion percentage) with 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for 233 yards on 98 carries with five rushing touchdowns, averaging 16.6 yards per game.
- Israel Abanikanda went to work last year, rushing for 651 yards on 123 carries (46.5 yards per game) and scoring seven touchdowns.
- Vincent Davis racked up 593 rushing yards on 142 carries (42.4 yards per game) and four touchdowns last season.
- In the previous season, Jordan Addison reeled in 100 catches for 1,593 yards (113.8 ypg). He also scored 17 touchdowns.
- Jared Wayne produced last year by grabbing 47 passes for 658 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 47.0 receiving yards per game.
- Taysir Mack’s stat line last year looked like this: a total of 461 yards, 27 catches, three touchdowns, and 32.9 yards per game.
West Virginia Players to Watch
- Jarret Doege completed 65.4% of his passes to throw for 3,048 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.
- Leddie Brown accumulated 1,065 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground in addition to 217 receiving yards and one touchdown through the air during last year’s campaign.
- Tony Mathis rushed for 312 yards last season.
- Winston Wright averaged 52.9 yards on 4.8 receptions per game and compiled five receiving touchdowns in 2021.
- Bryce Ford-Wheaton averaged 44.2 receiving yards per game in 2021, scoring three touchdowns.
- Sam James played his way to five receiving touchdowns and 505 receiving yards (38.8 ypg) last season.
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