West Virginia Mountaineers vs Pittsburgh Panthers 9/1/22 Prediction and DraftKings Sportsbook Promo

August 28, 2022

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12:00 PM ET Sep 1
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The West Virginia Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Panthers will start the season by facing each other at Acrisure Stadium. The game is set to take place at 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, September 1. Both teams had different results last college football season. Pittsburgh topped the ACC Coastal Division and later won the ACC with a record of 11-2. Meanwhile, West Virginia only finished sixth in the Big 12 final standings.

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✅ Pittsburgh won the ACC last season with an 11-2 record and look like they could be just as good this year.
✅ The defensive duo of Habakkuk Baldonado and Calijah Kancey will be a factor for Pitt. They combined for 16 sacks last season and will get after the quarterback here as well.
✅ Kedon Slovis is set to get the start at quarterback for Pitt after transferring from USC. Slovis was a Heisman Trophy favorite early last season and could be in a similar spot this year at the helm of a potent Pittsburgh attack.

Teams: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Pittsburgh Panthers
When: Thursday, September 1, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers to win | Moneyline @ -280 

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West Virginia Mountaineers vs Pittsburgh Panthers

West Virginia Mountaineers

The addition of JT Daniels is an interesting one for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Daniels was a member of last season's national championship team at Georgia, but did not play in any meaningful games after Georgia elected to start Stetson Bennett instead. His reunion with offensive coordinator Graham Harrell gives the Mountaineers hope to improve this season.

On defense, Dante Stills is in a prime condition to start the season and help his team reach its goals.  The senior player would work with DE Taijh Alston and other newly-transferred players. 

Pittsburgh Panthers

Pittsburgh can rely on their defensive line again this season, just like they did in the ACC last season. The return of Calijah Kancey and Habakkuk Baldonado give the Panthers one of the top defensive fronts in their conference going into the 2022 season.

Kedon Slovis will take over at quarterback this season for Pittsburgh. He will likely face his former Trojan teammate Daniels in this game, as long as they both start. With 2,153 yards and 11 touchdowns against eight interceptions last season, Slovis is projected to replace Kenny Pickett, who made his way to the NFL, and Jordan Addison, who departed to USC. 

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