ESPN's Chris 'The Bear' Fallica makes pick in North Carolina-Pitt game
It should be an exciting contest on Saturday night when No. 21 North Carolina (6-1) takes on visiting Pitt (4-3).
ESPN’s Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica chimed in with his pick for the contest. Fallica likes Pitt to pull off the upset in large part because of North Carolina’s shaky offensive line.
Fallica thinks Pitt will be able to apply enough pressure up front to harass quarterback Drake Maye. SirVocea Dennis has tallied a team-best 5 sacks for Pitt.
Fallica also believes Pitt will have a decisive advantage with running back Israel Abanikanda going up against North Carolina’s inept rushing defense. Abanikanda has rushed for 959 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.
“This is a great matchup I think for Pitt. Because what do they do? They rush the passer and Carolina’s offensive line is garbage,” Fallica said on GameDay. “And Pitt can run the ball with Izzy against a bad Carolina rush defense.”I like the ole Panthers to go on the road and maybe win outright.”
North Carolina is coming off a bye week. North Carolina most recently edged Duke 38-35. North Carolina is 3-0 in the ACC play.
Pitt most recently fell 24-10 against Louisville. Pitt has dropped 2 of their 3 conference games this season.
Pitt-North Carolina is slated for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff and will be televised on the ACC Network.