Pitt vs. Wake Forest Odds: Opening Spread, Total for 2021 ACC Championship Game
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Pitt vs. Wake Forest Odds
|Wake Forest Odds||+2.5|
|Time||Saturday, 8 p.m. ET|
|Odds via FanDuel. Get live college football odds here.|
Chaos reigned supreme in the ACC again this year.
But instead of just being limited to the Coastal Division, it leaked into the Atlantic in 2021.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are back in the ACC Championship Game for the first time since 2006. It’s the first time Clemson didn’t make the title game since 2014.
The Pittsburgh Panthers are back for the first time since 2018, its only appearance in the ACC Championship Game.
Both these teams have shot up our power ratings throughout the season, peaking in October or November before falling a bit back to earth down the stretch.
FanDuel opened Pitt at -2.5 on Sunday morning; our power ratings make Pitt a -3.5 favorite.
How Pitt Got Here
Preseason conference title odds via Caesars.
|Preseason ACC Odds||+5000|
|Power Rating Rank||17th|
Pittsburgh is not a team that many expected to be playing in the ACC title game but they have arguably been the most consistent team in the league this season.
After beginning the season with 50-1 odds to win the ACC, they’ve gone 10-2 and wrapped up the ACC Coastal with a couple of games left to play.
They also boast the likely ACC Player of the Year in quarterback Kenny Pickett, who has thrown for 3,857 yards, 36 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He is fifth in the nation in passing yards and tied for fourth in touchdowns.
He has an outside shot at winning the Heisman, but still a shot nonetheless and could get an invite to New York. Especially after the performances from many of the favorites this past week.
The Panthers have the ninth ranked scoring offense in the country, putting up 43.9 points per game. And the defense isn’t bad either at 51st in the nation.
Pittsburgh has been awesome against the spread throughout the season, going 9-3 and covering most of their games with ease.
They’ve also been one of the best over teams in college football this season as eight out of their 12 games have gone over.
How Wake Forest Got Here
|Preseason ACC Odds||+10000|
|Power Rating Rank||30th|
As one of the biggest surprises of the college football season, Wake Forest entered the season with anywhere from 50-1 to 100-1 odds to win the ACC.
If you’re holding one of those tickets, well done. The Demon Deacons beat out Clemson, NC State and Louisville to win the ACC Atlantic and advance to the conference championship game.
They are led by quarterback Sam Hartman, who threw for 3,475 yards, 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. He also added nine touchdowns on the ground. He’s as deserving of a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony as anyone.
Wake finished the season with a 10-2 record, losing on the road at North Carolina and on the road at Clemson. North Carolina did not count as a conference loss as it was categorized as a non-conference game.
One would think a team in the midst of a dream season would have a great record against the spread. Not the case. Wake Forest went 6-6 against the spread this season.
The offense has carried them most of the season. They are 10th in the nation in both scoring offense and passing offense. But they give up a lot of yards on the ground and had the 12th-worst rushing defense in the FBS this season.
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