Top USA betting sites favor the Pittsburgh Panthers by 11.5 points over the Eastern Michigan Eagles, as the spread goes for the 2019 Quick Lane Bowl on December 26, with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST, at Ford Field in Detroit.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Eastern Michigan 2019 Quick Lane Bowl odds
|Pittsburgh U||-11½ (-110)||49 (-110)||-440|
|Eastern Michigan||+11½ (-110)||49 (-110)||+350|
Betting Pittsburgh Panthers
The Panthers enter the bowl with a 7-5 record (4-4 in conference play). The Panthers also went 7-5 ATS, according to the best online sportsbooks. And finished in a three-way tie for third place in the Coastal Division of the ACC. Starting QB Kenny Pickett is 262 of 430 (60.9%) for 2,737 with 10 TDs, nine picks, and 27 sacks. Wide receiver Taysir Mack has 62 receptions for 711 and two TDs.
Running back AJ Davis has 532 yards and four TDs on 126 carries. Pitt ranks 121st in rushing yards per game with 120.7. Overall, the Panthers’ total offense is 96th in the country (374.1 yards per game). Pittsburgh’s 116th-ranking scoring offense (20.1 ppg) was held to a combined 19 points in the last two games of the regular season. That includes being shut out by Virginia Tech.
Jalen Twyman has 10.5 sacks, defensive back Paris Ford has 86 tackles and three interceptions. The Panthers have the 11th-best total defense (302.5 yards allowed per game) and run defense (106.9 yards allowed per game). Pitt’s 31st-ranked scoring defense (21.8 ppg) has allowed 26 or more points in the last three games.
Per top USA betting sites, the Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games on FieldTurf. 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. And 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss.
According to Pro Football Focus, which analyzed and ranked all 130 FBS programs following Championship Saturday, Pittsburgh is ranked 31st overall and fourth out of 14 teams in the ACC.
Betting Eastern Michigan Eagles
The Eagles enter the game at 6-6 (3-5 in conference play) and 5-7 ATS, according to top USA betting sites. EMU finished tied with Toledo for fifth place in the West Division of the MAC. Starting QB Mike Glass is 238 of 351 (67.8%) for 2,858 yards with 22 TDs, 10 picks, and 12 sacks. Wide receiver Arthur Jackson has 39 catches for 679 yards and six TDs. Running back Shaq Vann has rushed for 667 yards and eight TDs on 136 carries. The Eagles average 402.8 total yards per game, ranking 67th in the country.
Turan Rush has five sacks, linebacker Kobie Beltram has 115 tackles, and defensive back Brody Hoying has four interceptions. EMU allows 428.3 total yards per game (92nd), including 202.4 on the ground (111th). The Eagles concede 30.3 points per game (84th).
The Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games on FieldTurf. 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. And 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss.
“Being able to play in the great city of Detroit against a quality opponent in Pitt is a great opportunity for our program,” Eastern vice president/director of athletics Scott Wetherbee said. “With 32 Michigan natives on our roster, they will take a lot of pride playing at Ford Field in front of their family and friends.” Head coach Chris Creighton added that “We are excited to play in a great venue like Ford Field, and look forward to our fans, students, and the southeastern Michigan community being able to make the short trip to help us create a tremendous home-field environment.”
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Eastern Michigan 2019 Quick Lane Bowl Pick
Pittsburgh’s defense should be able to keep ahead of EMU enough to cover the point spread.