Once one of college football’s premier rivalries, the Pittsburgh Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers will battle in the famous ‘Backyard Brawl’ after an 11-year hiatus. The long-time rivals now reside in different conferences as the Panthers are the defending ACC champions while the Mountaineers do battle in the high-scoring Big 12 conference. Pittsburgh comes into the season ranked 17th nationally while West Virginia is unranked. The match is set to kick off on Thursday as the Panthers will play host.
Residing in a conference known for its offensive production, the Mountaineers had difficulty generating the kind of consistent offense in 2021 to match up with the majority of the team’s in the Big 12. They finished just 4-5 in conference play last season and 6-7 overall in failing to earn a bowl spot. This season, West Virginia returns all five of its offensive lineman, which should be a good starting point for offensive success.
Head coach Neal Brown brought in a new Offensive Coordinator in Graham Harrell who favors a big passing attack. At quarterback Harrell will have JT Daniels, transferring in from Georgia. Daniels had difficulty staying on the field, first at USC and then at Georgia, but has all the intangibles to be a highly successful college quarterback.
There will be a new regime in Pittsburgh as the Panthers welcome in a new quarterback and say goodbye to Offensive Coordinator Mark Whipple. Head coach Pat Narduzzi will have a new Offensive Coordinator in Frank Cignetti Jr., who will be tasked to develop a more balanced offense with the departure of All-American quarterback Kenny Pickett to the NFL. The Panthers also lost Biletnikoff-winning wide receiver Jordan Addison, who transferred to USC.
The Panthers new quarterback this season will be USC transfer Kedon Slovis. Slovis was the Trojans’ starting quarterback in 2021 before his season ended due to a lower leg injury. In the backfield with Slovis will be a three-headed running back attack led by Israel Abanikanda, Vincent Davis and Rodney Hammond Jr. Narduzzi has vowed to have a 1,000 yard rusher in 2022 so one of this trio will need to emerge as the team’s featured back.
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West Virginia Mountaineers vs Pittsburgh Panthers Game Information
- Date: 09/01/2022
- Time: 07:00 PM ET
- Location: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh.
- How to Watch West Virginia vs Pittsburgh: ESPN
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
West Virginia vs Pittsburgh Betting Lines
West Virginia is +250 according to our Vegas NCAAF Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $250. On the other side, Pittsburgh is -300 according to the Vegas NCAAF Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $33.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have West Virginia at a 28.57% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Pittsburgh have 75.00% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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