How Has Pitt Done Against September Opponents?

How Has Pitt Done Against September Opponents?
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The college football season gets going this weekend, which means the action will heat up in Pennsylvania sports betting.

PennStakes.com utilized Sports-Reference.com to find the records of every Atlantic Coast Conference team in September since 2012. We then charted to find the best to worst teams during the first full month of the CFB season. (Note that all teams didn’t participate in the same number of games, so ranking is based on win percentage).

Best ACC Football Teams in Sept. Since 2012

Here is information that could help if you are considering a wager on one of the many PA sports betting apps.

Rank, Team Record Win Pct.
1. Clemson 38-4 .905
2. NC State 32-9 .780
3. Miami 32-10 .762
4. Florida State 28-12 .700
5. Virginia Tech 29-13 .690
6. Duke 30-14 .682
7. Louisville 32-15 .681
8. Wake Forest 28-15 .651
9. Pittsburgh 27-17 .614
T10. Boston College 24-19 .558
T10. Syracuse 24-19 .558
12. Virginia 23-20 .535
13. Georgia Tech 22-21 .512
14. North Carolina 19-21 .475

 

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The Skinny on the Panthers

The Pittsburgh Panthers sneaked in the top 10 at No. 9 with a 27-17 (.614) record in September.

Earlier this month, we weighed the chances of Pitt finishing in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll. Pitt currently is unranked.

Clemson, the defending ACC champion, tops the list with an incredible 38-4 (.905) September record.

Here is Pittsburgh’s five-game schedule for the opening month of this season:

  • Pitt opens its season at home against Wofford on Sept. 2 (3:30 p.m.) and more than likely heads into its first tough matchup of the season at home against Cincinnati on Sept. 9 (CW Network, 9 p.m.). The Bearcats are led by new coach Scott Satterfield, who came over from Louisville after Luke Fickell left for Wisconsin.
  • The first road game of the season is at rival West Virginia on Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Backyard Brawl. The 14th oldest football rivalry in the country is led by the Panthers, 62-40-3. Last season, Pitt snapped a three-game losing streak to the Mountaineers with a 38-31 home win on Sept. 1, 2022.
  • The Panthers’ first ACC contest at home is against division rival North Carolina on Sept. 23. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 11-5, and snapped a two-game losing streak last year with a 42-24 home win.
  • September ends with a road trip to Virginia Tech on Sept. 30. The all-time series is tied at 11-11 with the Panthers winning three straight and four of the last five against the Hokies, including a 45-29 home win in 2022.

Last season, Pittsburgh finished 5-3 in the ACC Coastal Division, one game behind division winner North Carolina. The Panthers capped the year with a wild 37-35 win over UCLA in the Sun Bowl to finish the season ranked at No. 22. It marked the first time since 1979-83 that Pitt earned Top 25 finishes in consecutive years, finishing No. 13 in 2021 after 11 wins and its first outright ACC title.

Analysis: After the season home opener, if the Panthers can find a way to be 3-2 entering October that would be a remarkable achievement.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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