The stakes for Pitt’s game against Virginia Saturday at Heinz Field are high, and betting lines favor an ACC Coastal-clinching performance against UVA.
According to Circa Sports, Pitt opens as an 11-point favorite against Virginia in what is expected to be a high-scoring offensive duel — the second in two weeks for the Panthers — between Pitt’s Kenny Pickett and UVA’s Brennan Armstrong. The over/under being set at 65.5 points reflects the offensive capabilities of both teams.
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DraftKings Sportsbook favors Pitt by almost two touchdowns, being set as a 13.5-point favorite. A bet against the spread for either team holds -110 odds. The over/under, which is set at 66.5 points, holds -110 odds for either option. A money line bet for Pitt holds -525 odds while the same bet for UVA holds +385 odds.
FanDuel Sportsbook favors Pitt by 13.5 points, with an over/under set at 66.5 points. The betting odds on both bets are set at -110. A money line bet on Pitt holds -520 odds while the same on UVA holds +370 odds.
While UVA’s 28-3 loss against Notre Dame over the weekend looks bad on paper, the Cavs competed without Armstrong on the field due to a lingering injury. With a week off, he should be ready to play at or near full strength in a battle of the top passers in the ACC this season — both quarterbacks having thrown for 3,500 yards this season.
UVA is Pitt’s last obstacle in securing the division title this season and a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina for the ACC championship game against Wake Forest on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., but it won’t come easy against the Cavaliers’ high-octane offense.
In a series dating back to the early 1950s, Pitt holds an all-time 8-4 record against UVA. Pitt has won five of seven meetings since 2013, but the Cavs won the last meeting — a 30-14 win at Heinz Field in 2019.
UVA is 6-4 against the spread, failing to cover in losses to BYU and ND over the past two weeks — and in losses to Wake Forest and North Carolina in September. Pitt is 8-2 against the spread this season, failing to cover in losses to Western Michigan and Miami.