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Wednesday, December 28, the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4) take on the Northwestern Wildcats (6-6). The game will be played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. Read on for our Pitt vs. Northwestern prediction and preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, Pitt wins the match-up between the two teams 63.2 percent of the time. The spread also suggests that the Panthers are favored to win the contest.
Spread: Pitt -6
Game Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Pitt vs. Northwestern preview:
The Pittsburgh Panthers recorded some impressive wins this season, taking down Penn State in week two of the season and upsetting No. 2 Clemson 43-42. It's certainly no small feat to score 43 on a sturdy Clemson defense, and that's what has made the Panthers a formidable force all year. Their offense is explosive; they threw down 76 points on Syracuse to close out the season. James Connor rushed for 115 yards and two scores in the effort, while quarterback Nathan Peterman threw four more (while completing just nine passes).
The Northwestern Wildcats started off 1-3, but put together enough competent offensive performances to salvage a .500 season at 6-6. The only consistent part of the offense has been RB Justin Jackson, who rushed for 1,300 yards, enough for third in the Big Ten. He also tallied 12 touchdowns on the year. If he gets going, he could have a field day on a suspect Pitt defense.
Pitt vs. Northwestern prediction:
The Panthers aren't much for playing defense, but good lord can they put up points. Even the Northwestern defense will have a tough time trying to stop Pitt on the ground and through the air. After wearing down the Wildcat defense for three quarters, James Connor busts a huge run in the fourth to seal the win for the Panthers.