Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Pick – ACC Championship December 4, 2021

The Pittsburgh Panthers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons are at Bank of America Stadium for an unlikely matchup in the ACC Championship. This game has been known as Clemson vs whoever wins the ACC Coastal. In most cases that team is the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Clemson nor North Carolina is in the ACC Championship on Saturday night. It’s something different which is never a bad thing. However, I am sure the conference would have liked this game to have College Football Playoff implications.

There is a spot in a New Year’s Six game, but the ACC Championship is up against the Big Ten Championship. Michigan is playing for a College Football Playoff berth at the same time on Saturday night.

While most people tune in to see Michigan and Iowa, the most entertaining matchup on Saturday could be in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium. Pittsburgh is armed with the possible No. 1 quarterback off the board in the draft.

Kenny Pickett looks to continue his prolific season in the ACC Championship. He’s playing for much more than a conference championship and trip to a notable bowl game. NFL scouts are going to have a close eye on how Pickett performs in Charlotte tonight.

He has to deal with an underrated Wake Forest offense on the other side. The Wake Forest offense has executed the RPO to perfection with Sam Hartman at the controls. When they get clicking, the Demon Deacons can be tough to stop.

They are coming off a blowout win against Boston College by a score of 41-10. BC isn’t much of a test, but the offense stayed on point. Hartman passed for 236 yards with 3 touchdowns and an interception. He also gained 51 yards and a touchdown on 4.6 yards per carry.

It’s been that kind of season for Hartman. He can be a pest to deal with in this dangerous Wake Forest RPO. Hartman will have to keep up with Pickett and Pittsburgh. Head below for our free Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest ACC Championship pick on December 4, 2021.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Pittsburgh Panthers -3.5 (-110) -165 Over 71.5 (-110)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons +3.5 (-110) -165 Under 71.5 (-110)
Team Data Pittsburgh Panthers Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Overall Record 10-2 10-2
ATS Record 9-3-0 6-6-0
Away/Home Record NEUTRAL NEUTRAL
ATS Away/Home NEUTRAL NEUTRAL
Points Per Game 42.8 42.9
Points Against Per Game 17.2 29.1
Passing Yards Per Game 356.7 315.5
Rushing Yards Per Game 157.8 168.2

Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest Prediction:

Kenny Pickett has passed for 40 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 67.7% completions. He’s racked up over 4,000 yards going into the ACC Championship.

The senior is off to the NFL next year following a career season. Pickett passed for 13 touchdowns and 9 interceptions the past two years. He exploded this season in the Panthers’ offense.

It’s not like this was just Pickett, though. He has weapons around him to make this offense hum. Jordan Addison is going to be going to the NFL as well.

The standout wide receiver has put up 1,353 yards and 17 touchdowns on 15.9 yards per carry. He’s only a sophomore and has more time at Pittsburgh.

The game changer in this one is going to be Rodney Hammond Jr. and Vincent Davis in the backfield. Wake Forest can’t stop the run.

Pickett will get his yards, but it might be the Pittsburgh backfield that really gashes the Demon Deacons. The Demon Deacons are 118th in the nation with 209.9 yards allowed per game on the ground.


Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Trends:

Pittsburgh

  • 7-2 ATS in their previous nine games
  • 11-3 ATS in their previous 14 games as a favorite
  • 1-5 ATS in their previous six games at a neutral site
  • OVER is 15-5 in their previous games
  • OVER is 7-3 in their previous ten games versus a team with a winning record

Wake Forest

  • 4-2 ATS in their previous six games
  • 5-1 ATS in their previous six games versus the ACC Coastal Division
  • OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games as an underdog
  • OVER is 6-2 in their previous eight games
  • OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games versus a team with a winning record

Wake Forest can’t creep their secondary up and focus on being better against the run. Pickett will beat them deep. Their numbers against the pass are a bit skewed as well.

On paper they look good with 217.6 yards per game for 50th in the FBS. Note, though, that Wake Forest has played Old Dominion, Norfolk State, and a triple-option school.

The game against Army makes their numbers against the pass look much better than they are. BC can’t pass the ball either, as we saw last week in their 41-10 win.

For a comparison to the Panthers, look at what North Carolina did with 58 points in a 58-55 final. Pittsburgh torched the Wake Forest defense for 7 touchdowns.

The best counter to Pickett and the Pitt offense has to be Sam Hartman. Hartman and the Wake Forest RPO has averaged 42.9 points per game for third in the nation, 0.1 points better than Pitt.

Hartman goes into tonight with 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 60.3% completions. He has also scored 10 touchdowns and 342 yards on the ground.

This should be a fun one on Saturday night. There may not be a College Football Playoff berth on the line, but it should be entertaining. In a duel between Pickett and Hartman, I like a bunch of points with a 41-37 or 45-37 final in Charlotte in the ACC Championship.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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