What time does the Pittsburgh vs Michigan State game start?
The No. 12 Pittsburgh Panthers (11-2) meet the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans (10-2) Thursday for the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Pittsburgh vs. Michigan State odds and lines, and make our expert college football picks, predictions and bets.
What can we expect from Pitt’s offense against Michigan State?
We can expect a back-and-forth battle between Michigan State’s offense and Pitt’s defense. Perhaps Pitt can limit the Spartans enough to keep themselves in the game. But the wild card is the Pitt offense. In Pickett’s place, longtime backup QB Nick Patti intends to start. To be frank, we haven’t seen much of Patti.
What is the over/under for the Panthers’ game against Michigan State?
The over/under is set at 55. 5 points in this matchup. I’ll take the ‘Over’. Even without Kenny Pickett at quarterback, I think WR Jordan Addison and the Panthers’ offense will find some success against Michigan State’s secondary. On the flip side, as I’ve noted above, I think the Spartans are going to be able to score points today as well.
What is the point spread for Pitt and Michigan State?
-3.5Odds, Over/Under, MoneylineTeamSpreadMoneylineMichigan State-3.5-160Pitt+135Dec 30, 2021
Why is Kenny Pickett not playing?
For those high-end draft picks, the special moment of walking onto the stage and hugging NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is something they’ve dreamed of. However, Pickett has decided not to attend this year’s draft, and instead, spend it at home with his family.
Who is out for Michigan State vs Pitt?
Pitt: Need to know. Neither Kenny Pickett nor Kenneth Walker III will play: Unfortunately, two of the game’s biggest headliners will not be playing. Kenny Pickett (third in Heisman voting) and Kenneth Walker (sixth) decided to opt out of the game to prepare themselves for the NFL Draft.
Is Kenny Pickett playing in the bowl game?
Both players were Heisman Trophy finalists for a reason: they are really good. Not only are Pickett and Walker outstanding talents, but both are expected to be high picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. As such, both players made the decision to sit out the bowl game as they prepare for their futures in the NFL.
How Much Will Kenny Pickett make in the NFL?
Former Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett is set to sign a fully guaranteed four-year, $14 million contract with the Steelers after being selected No. 20 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. The deal comes with a $7.4 million signing bonus and a fifth-year option for 2026, according to Spotrac.
How much money will Kenny Pickett make with the Steelers?
Kenny Pickett signed a 4 year, – contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including an average annual salary of -. In 2022, Pickett will earn, while carrying a cap hit of . Contract Notes: Projected 4 years, $14,067,904.
How did Pitt QB get hurt?
Pittsburgh quarterback Nick Patti broke his collarbone during the first quarter of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Michigan State on Thursday night.
How much did MSU get for Peach Bowl?
Notes: The Peach Bowl will pay $6 million to each team, with $4 million to be shared with conference schools. … The game will be the only one in the 7 p.m. television time slot Dec.
Is Kenny Pickett injured?
Injury history Pickett has a relatively clean bill of health. While he cited injury concerns when opting out of the Panthers’ bowl game, he has managed to avoid any serious injuries. The most notable scare came in 2021 against Western Michigan.
Will Kenny Pickett be drafted?
20 overall pick in 2022 NFL Draft. Kenny Pickett will only need to move to the other side of the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex to start his NFL journey. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected the University of Pittsburgh star with the 20th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Did Kenny Pickett opt out of Bowl games?
After all, Thursday’s matchup between No. 11 Michigan State and No. 13 Pitt puts light on one of the issues that has impacted bowl season. Heisman finalist quarterback Kenny Pickett and All-American running back Kenneth Walker III opted out of the New Year’s Day Six bowl.
Is Sam Howell playing?
1 overall selection in 2022. That didn’t happen. Now, Howell is expected to be selected on the second day of the draft — TSN’s Vinnie Iyer has him going No….Who is Sam Howell?PlayerSam HowellSchoolNorth CarolinaPass Yds3,641Pass TDs38INTs73 more columns•Apr 29, 2022
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 10 Michigan State (10-2) vs. No. 12 Pittsburgh (11-2)
Kickoff: Thursday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
Spread: Michigan State -2.5
When Michigan State Has the Ball
The Spartans received some good news on Tuesday when offensive coordinator Jay Johnson confirmed that MSU will have the services of star receiver Jalen Nailor, who missed the final four games of the regular season with a hand injury.
When Pittsburgh Has the Ball
The bowl selection committee knew what it was doing before the opt-outs occurred because Pickett against this Michigan State secondary would’ve been a sight to see.
This prediction comes down to which component enters Friday’s matchup most intact and not hit by opt-outs or injury. That’s the Michigan State passing game which will have its full complement of playmakers with Nailor back in the lineup.
Pittsburgh vs Michigan State odds
Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.
Pittsburgh vs Michigan State betting preview
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Pittsburgh vs Michigan State picks and predictions
Our predictions are compiled from the analysis of the spread and total and are indications of where we are leaning for this game.
Our best bet is the play that we like the most for this game, which we would actually put some of our bankroll behind.
MICHIGAN STATE (-155) will have to make do without Walker in the backfield, but at least QB Payton Thorne and Nailor will be in the lineup.
Against the spread
The lean is to MICHIGAN STATE -2.5 (-130), as Pittsburgh just has too many losses. Mathis is gone, a top cover man for the Panthers, they’ll have to break in a backup QB who will be learning from an interim OC. It’s not a formula that will work for the Panthers.
The New Year’s Six kicks off with two teams playing without key offensive stars
This college football bowl season has been a fun ride yet again, but the time has arrived for the serious business to commence as the New Year’s Six slate kicks off on Thursday night. It begins with the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta with No. 10 Michigan State battling No. 12 Pittsburgh in a matchup featuring Big Ten and ACC foes.
Michigan State vs. Pitt: Need to know
Neither Kenny Pickett nor Kenneth Walker III will play: Unfortunately, two of the game’s biggest headliners will not be playing. Kenny Pickett (third in Heisman voting) and Kenneth Walker (sixth) decided to opt out of the game to prepare themselves for the NFL Draft. While it stinks for the fans, it’s hard to blame either player.
How to watch Peach Bowl live
Game: Peach Bowl
Date: Thursday, December 30 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium — Atlanta, GA
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Peach Bowl prediction, picks
Pitt opened as a favorite in this game and became an underdog when Pickett opted out. It’s the first time it’ll have been an underdog this season and it’s hard to argue with the line movement.
This is going to be a fascinating matchup against Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi, a former MSU assistant. But the key will be MSU’s pass defense against Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett. The high-scoring Panthers are going to be a tremendous challenge, but the Spartans will win a shootout. Pick: Michigan State 35, Pittsburgh 31
The Spartans’ improbable rise this season culminates with their 11th win. Kenneth Walker III caps his amazing year with another boffo performance and Mel Tucker lays the groundwork for continued success in 2022. The pick: Michigan State 30, Pittsburgh 21.
The Kenneth Walker III-Kenny Pickett and Mel Tucker-Pat Narduzzi subplots will be well-discussed, but the two offenses are among the most explosive in the country and will put on a show in Atlanta.
The Panthers’ best players are all in the right spots, which makes this a game of matchups. Pitt is good at stopping the run. MSU loves to run. Pitt has a first-round quarterback and an NFL receiver, MSU struggles to stop the pass. The Spartans have proven all season it’s risky to pick against their grit and timely playmaking.
1. How capable is Pitt QB Nick Patti
Pitt’s players and coaches might trust backup quarterback Nick Patti. But I don’t. His only extended playing time came two years ago against FBS-level Delaware. His best games in short stints this season were against New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He’s been a career backup to this point.
2. Defending Jordan Addison
MSU has struggled to contain big-time receivers, as many teams do. The Spartans are up against another one in Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison, the Pitt sophomore who caught 93 passes for 1,473 yards this season — both of which would have been school records at MSU.
3. Can MSU run the ball and who totes it?
It’s not that no one other than Kenneth Walker ran the ball for MSU this season. It’s that no one else carried it when it really, really mattered or for multiple series. The Spartans have three likely options in the Peach Bowl: sophomore Jordon Simmons, junior Harold Joiner or junior Elijah Collins, who spent most of the season sidelined by injury.
5. Who’s really focused
Success in bowl games is largely about motivation and focus. Teams that want to be playing and prepare like it, usually do pretty well. You can tell when a team is dialed in, when they’re in it for each other. This MSU seems like it is, in words and action. They’re all in on the bowl experience. That doesn’t guarantee victory.
MSU is in a better spot having lost Kenneth Walker for this game than Pitt is having lost Kenny Pickett. You’d rather lose your running back than your quarterback, no matter how great they are. Think of it this way: If you had to chose to have either Payton Thorne or Walker for MSU, you’d choose Thorne.