Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Piquet leads Pitt vs Wake Forest in ACC title match

No. 17 Pittsburgh (10-2, 7-1 ACC, No. 17 CFP) vs No. 18 Wake Forest (10-2, 7-1, No. 18), Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (ABC), Charlotte, NC at The Bank . of America Stadium

Line: Pitt from 2 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Pitt leads 1-0.

what’s at stake?

The Atlantic Coast Conference championship and the honor of officially ending Clemson’s six years as champion in the premiership. The Tigers represented the ACC in the college football playoffs for six consecutive years, but this year’s ACC champions would not make it to the playoffs. However, the winner of this game will participate in a more prestigious bowl game than the loser.

major matches

Pitt QB Kenny Pickett vs Wake Forest Secondary: Pickett threw 40 touchdown passes this season, breaking Dan Marino’s school record of 37. This leaves him one shy of the ACC record set by Clemson’s Deshan Watson, which was set during one. 15-game season in 2016. Piquet has thrown 79 career TD passes, tied with the most Marinos in the school’s history. He encounters a Wake Forest secondary who has become suspicious of the weather as well.

players to watch

Pitt: WR Jordan Edison is producing on an all-America level. A Biletnikoff Prize finalist, Edison leads the nation with 17 touchdown catches. This is the most by a pit player since 2003 when Larry Fitzgerald had a school-record 22.

Wake One: QB Sam Hartman threw for 3,711 yards this season with 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Hartman might be listed as a sophomore, but he’s more experienced than you might think given that he’s already played for Demon Deacon in four different seasons.

Facts & Figures

Wake Forest is 1–0 in the championship game after beating Georgia Tech 9–6 in a defensive clash in 2006. … Pitt previously played in the title game in 2018, eventually losing to college football playoff champion Clemson 42-10. … Pitt won the only other matchup between the 34-13 teams in 2018. Since 2015, coach Pat Narduzzi has guided Pitt to 36 wins in ACC play, the third-highest number of wins during that period. Only Clemson (52) and Miami (37) have won more. … Starting the season 9-0, Wake Forest has since gone 2-2, allowing 158 points during that period. Damage occurred to North Carolina and Clemson.

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