3:40 pm
September 10

#24 Tennessee @ #17 Pittsburgh

Who will WIN this matchup?

#24 Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)

@ #17 Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0)


Current odds:

Tennessee Volunteers: (-227)

Pittsburgh Panthers: (+180)


• The spread for this game is Tennessee by 5.5 points.

• No. 24 Tennessee had little problem dispatching overmatched Ball State 59-10 in the season opener last week. The Volunteers’ second matchup — Saturday at No. 17 Pitt — will be much more challenging. High expectations exist for the Volunteers (1-0) this season, and Saturday’s game will be a big measuring stick.

• Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker completed 18 of 25 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns and added two rushing scores last week. Ten different players caught at least one pass.

• Linebacker Juwan Mitchell was inactive against Ball State, and it’s unclear if he’ll play against the Panthers. Mitchell missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.

• Following an exhilarating 38-31 victory over West Virginia last week, Pitt (1-0) will prepare to host a Southeastern Conference team for the first time in program history. The Panthers are 3-0 all-time against the Volunteers, including last year’s 41-34 victory in Knoxville, Tenn.

• Kedon Slovis made a sparkling debut for Pitt as he completed 16 of 24 passes for 308 yards and one touchdown. It was the highest passing yardage recorded by a Panthers quarterback in a season opener since 1998.

• M.J. Devonshire’s game-winning, 56-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:58 left against the Mountaineers marked the Panthers’ third straight game with a defensive touchdown, dating to last year’s ACC Championship.


StreakSmarter Pick
#17 Pittsburgh Panthers