Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh
- The place: Heinz Box (68,400); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- When: 3:30 p.m.; Saturday
- TV: ESPNU
- Data: Virginia Tech 4-4 (3-2 ACC); Pittsburgh (5-4; 4-1 ACC)
- Closing day trip: Virginia Tech misplaced 31-21 to Boston School; Pittsburgh received 23-13 over Virginia
- Collection: Virginia Tech leads 10-7
- Closing assembly: Virginia Tech received 20-14 at Lane Stadium (10/7/17)
- Line: Pittsburgh -3
Control Virginia Tech protection Divine Deablo
Deablo can be dressed in Frank Beamer’s No. 25 jersey coming off one of the crucial very best recreation of his occupation. The protection had 14 tackles and a move breakup filling in on the whip linebacker place for Khalil Ladler. He performed so neatly that the training team of workers may stay him there. Having the big-bodied defender again at 100 % is excellent news for a Virginia Tech protection that’s on the lookout for constant playmakers.
Who has the brink?
Pittsburgh has a majestic speeding assault with Qadree Ollison (6.2 yards in step with raise) and Darrin Corridor (7.Four yards in step with raise). The Panthers aren’t stuck as sturdy somewhere else on offense with a tender quarterback Kenny Pickett and no transparent go-to receiver. Virginia Tech’s offense has proven what’s its able to in fresh weeks, however fallen wanting sustained luck specifically in the second one part. Quarterback Ryan Willis wishes to polish this week throughout all 4 quarters.
Pittsburgh is ready dead-even with Virginia Tech close to the ground of the rustic in maximum primary statistical defensive classes and the Panthers have given up 35 issues or extra this season 5 occasions. Opposing offenses have additionally transformed 46 % in their 3rd down conversions towards Pittsburgh and submit 50-plus performs of 20 yards or extra. Each numbers are a few of the worst in faculty soccer. The Hokies don’t have a transparent merit on account of their very own loss of consistency.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech kicker Jordan Stout has been fairly the weapon this season. Stout has totally neutralized opposing groups experts with a 93 % touchback share that’s the most productive in FBS. The Hokies are experimenting at punt go back — Bryce Watts was once meant to take over returner punts earlier than injuring his arm towards Boston School — however the staff stays cast around the board on particular groups.
Pittsburgh recalls bobbing up quick on 4 tries on the purpose line remaining yr towards Virginia Tech. That together with a loss at house to the Hokies two years in the past has Pittsburgh lots motivated for Saturday’s recreation. Around the box, Virginia Tech is a staff in dire want of a win after shedding two directly and 3 of its remaining 4. This system hasn’t misplaced 3 in a row beneath trainer Justin Fuente and wish to steer clear of that mark for somewhat longer.
Niziolek’s prediction: Virginia Tech 31, Pittsburgh 28
Pittsburgh’s loss to North Carolina makes it exhausting to take their present standing as entrance runner within the Coastal severely. The Panthers have received 3 in their remaining 4, however Heinz Box is not a lot of a house box merit. Virginia Tech in fact may well be taking a look ahead to leaving Blacksburg for every week to get the force off. The Hokies can not manage to pay for to lose this one.
Virginia Tech Keys to the Sport
- Transferring items – Virginia Tech had luck shuffling round its secondary remaining week with Khalil Ladler suspended. The Hokies have uncertainty within the again finish once more this week with beginning defensive again Bryce Watts injured. The training team of workers wasn’t positive how the lineup would shake out all the way through the week, however the protection wishes an similarly efficient efficiency.
- A 2nd serving to – Virginia Tech has been outscored 45-14 in the second one part the remaining two weeks. The Hokies wish to do higher popping out of halftime if the wish to finish their two-game shedding streak. One thing wishes to switch whether or not it’s being extra competitive with their very own halftime changes or dealing with the changes opposing groups are making.
- My Other folks(s) – Virginia Tech’s floor recreation has disappeared find it irresistible did remaining season averaging best 3.6 yards in step with raise towards convention warring parties. Best again Steven Peoples has most commonly disappeared and he must reassert himself for the Hokies offense to get on a roll.
Mike Niziolek is the Virginia Tech soccer beat author for The Roanoke Instances. Observe him on Fb.