One of the NCAA football 2013 live streaming and televised games that will take place on Saturday will feature the Pittsburgh Panthers and Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies enter the matchup ranked No. 24 overall, making for the first game this season and in over a year that they've been ranked. They'll look to avenge a loss last year against Pittsburgh to keep their spot in the polls and hopefully move up a bit more. The Pitt vs. Virginia Tech game will be among televised and live streaming NCAA football games from ESPN on Saturday.
According to ESPN.com's report on Oct. 10, coaches required the Hokies' players to sit down and watch footage from last season's loss to Pittsburgh 35-17 in preparation of Saturday's game. Linebacker Tariq Edwards didn't play in the game but reportedly called it "disgusting." Edwards said that the goal will be to stop teams from running the football a lot, which is what was seen over and over by the Panthers in the game film. Now, Pittsburgh enters this game as a new members of the ACC, and will attempt to continue their winning ways after suffering an opening-season loss to Florida State.
Coach Paul Chryst said of the Virginia Tech team so far this year:
"I think they're doing things a little different this year. You can use last year as a reference point, but you certainly have to concentrate this year. There are a lot of similarities personnel-wise. They're playing fast in the back end and aggressive up front. They're physical when they run the ball, and they can create havoc, turnovers and sacks.
I think they're playing really confident, and they should be."
Virginia Tech comes into this game with a 5-1 record, and 2-0 in the ACC. Their only loss of the season thus far was in the opening game to the No.1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Tech followed that up by winning every game since, and now ranks at fifth in the nation in total defense. The Hokies allow just 264 yards per game so far, and also lead the nation in interceptions with 13. Add to that the fact they are first overall in sacks with 19, and the defense is ready to stop this Pitt team Saturday.
As far as the offense goes, redshirt senior quarterback Logan Thomas continues to lead the way on the field. So far this season he's racked up 1,212 yards and eight touchdowns on 103-for-187 completed passes. Last week he tied a career-high with three TD passes thrown against North Carolina. That game was also good to give him the all-time passing yards leader stat for the Hokies. Thomas said of the team being ranked for their first time in a while:
"We're in the Top 25, but we're used to being in the top 10 and for me it doesn't feel any different than it has all year. Going out here, we're going to prepare the same way. We're going to practice hard the same way. We're just going to keep playing."
The Pittsburgh Panthers have played similarly to Virgina Tech so far. After losing that opener against a tough ranked opponent, they've won every game. Last week they had a bye, giving the team some much-needed rest. While they managed to defeat Tech's state rival Virginia two weekends ago, Pitt's quarterback Tom Savage was sacked seven times in the game and suffered a concussion. The Pittsburgh senior QB will be good to go on Saturday afternoon. He currently has compiled stats of 1,052 yards passing with ten touchdowns on 64-of-109 completed passes.
Odds makers are giving the home team Hokies the edge to win this matchup by about 8 1/2 points on Saturday. The over/under bet is set at a total points for the game of 42 1/2. Kickoff temperature is expected to be 68 with partly cloudy skies at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.
Game time for the Pittsburgh Panters vs. Virginia Tech Hokies is set for 12 p.m. noon EST on Saturday. Fans can watch televised coverage on ESPNU via cable or satellite providers. Additionally, viewers whose cable or satellite providers give access to WatchESPN, can watch the game live streaming online. See more info here at WatchESPN website.