Pitt vs. Duke: the Panthers and Blue Devils are each coming off of huge Week 11 upset wins, and face off on Saturday afternoon this weekend.
Saturday, Nov. 19, the Pitt Panthers host the Duke Blue Devils. The game, to be played at Heinz Field, is slated for a 3:00 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Pitt vs. Duke preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Pitt has a 76.4-percent chance to win the matchup between the two teams. The spread also favors the Panthers.
Spread: Pitt -7.5
Game Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Channel: ACC Network
Pitt vs. Duke preview:
Pitt got off the schneid after losses to Virginia Tech and Miami to upset the nation's No. 2 team, Clemson, in extremely dramatic fashion. That was one of the headlines of the week that was in college football, but Duke landed a nice upset itself, knocking off rival North Carolina, and hurting the Tar Heels' ACC Coastal hopes, though Virginia Tech failed to take advantage afterwards.
Power back James Conner has been great in his return from injury and a cancer diagnosis, leading the team with 844 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Nathan Peterman has been a nice surprise for the Panthers as well, throwing for 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions on the season.
The Blue Devils can play at a high level, with wins against UNC and at Notre Dame already this year, but are very inconsistent, and sit at 4-6. Freshman quarterback Daniel Jones did not expect to play much this year, but has been thrust into the starting role due to injury, and has looked pretty solid in recent weeks. Since a disastrous five-interception performance against Virginia on Oct. 1, Jones has six touchdowns and just one pick.
Pitt vs. Duke prediction:
Pitt has been the more consistent team all year, is riding high after the huge win at Clemson, and is playing at home. We just trust the Panthers more in this spot, especially as they look to improve their bowl outlook down the stretch here.
Pitt 38, Duke 21