Pittsburgh vs. NC State: How to watch live stream, TV channel, NCAA Football start time. Pittsburgh faces NC State in a college football game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 3, 2020 (10/3/20).
NC State @ No. 24 Pittsburgh
Current Records: NC State 1-1; Pittsburgh 3-0
What to Know
The Pittsburgh Panthers have the luxury of staying at home another week and will welcome the NC State Wolfpack at noon ET Oct. 3 at Heinz Field. Pitt is currently enjoying a perfect season and is looking to extend their dominance.
It was a close one, but last week the Panthers sidestepped the Louisville Cardinals for a 23-20 win. Having forecasted a close victory for Pitt, the oddsmakers were right on the money. No one had a standout game offensively for Pitt, but they got scores from WR Taysir Mack and WR Jordan Addison.
Special teams collected 11 points for Pitt. Kicker K Alex Kessman booted in three field goals, the longest a 45-yarder in the first quarter, which ultimately accounted for the difference in the matchup.
Meanwhile, things couldn’t have gone much worse for NC State, who lost 45-24 against the Virginia Tech Hokies last week. The Wolfpack were down 37-17 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Like the Panthers, NC State didn’t have any clear offensive standouts, but they got scores from a handful of players including QB Devin Leary, RB Jordan Houston, and RB Ricky Person Jr.. Leary’s longest connection was to WR Thayer Thomas for 37 yards in the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh’s victory lifted them to 3-0 while NC State’s defeat dropped them down to 1-1. We’ll see if Pitt can repeat their recent success or if NC State bounces back and reverse their fortune.
How To Watch
When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Heinz Field — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: ACC Network
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Follow: CBS Sports App
The Panthers are a big 14-point favorite against the Wolfpack, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 14-point spread, and stayed right there.
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NC State won the only game these two teams have played in the last six years.
Oct 14, 2017 – NC State 35 vs. Pittsburgh 17
Patrick Jones II wants No. 21 Pittsburgh’s defense to be the best in the country. Not just in points allowed. Not just in yards allowed. Not just in sacks or turnovers. All of it.
“We want it all,” the senior defensive end said.
The Panthers are certainly playing like it.
Jones collected three of Pitt’s seven sacks, helping the Panthers beat No. 24 Louisville 23-20 on Saturday. The win pushed Pitt (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) to its best start since 2014 and adhered to a blueprint the Panthers believe can carry them to the conference title game in December: tough, physical defense and just enough offense to get by.
So far, it’s working. The Panthers held the Cardinals (1-2, 0-2) to 223 yards — less than half of what they had been averaging coming in — and never let Malik Cunningham get comfortable. Cunningham completed just 9 of 21 passes for 107 yards with a touchdown and three picks, the last a fourth-down interception by Pitt’s Jason Pinnock with 1:19 remaining.
Cunningham ended up leaving on a stretcher after the play with an undisclosed injury. Coach Scott Satterfield said the junior had feeling in all his extremities and was being evaluated.
The sight of their rising star heading into the tunnel with his head strapped to a board marked a difficult end to a difficult day for the Cardinals. Louisville struggled to generate much of anything offensively thanks to the relentless pursuit of Pitt’s defensive front.
“We’ve played some good D lines, but they were different,” Satterfield said. “They played fast, they played physical.”
And they played exactly the way they knew they would play against the Cardinals. Sporting alternate charcoal grey uniforms inspired by both the architecture on the Pitt campus and the region’s legacy as a leading global steel producer, the defense often resembled a cloud of dust that swarmed anything in a white jersey that happened to come into its path.
“I know the Steel Curtain is the Pittsburgh Steelers but today (we were) dominant up front,” Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said.
When they weren’t, the secondary picked them up most of the time. Other than a 21-yard touchdown pass from Cunningham to Atwell on a busted coverage in the second quarter that briefly gave Louisville a 17-13 lead, the Cardinals found little room to work.
Three times Louisville had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead. The drives ended with interception, punt, interception.
“Our D-line, they trust that we’re always going to take away the first read,” Pinnock said. “And we trust that they are going to get there. So we can undercut routes, we can do things that maybe, if you didn’t trust your D-line, you couldn’t do. We play well together.”