Week 9 of the NCAA football betting season continues on Wednesday night, as the Pitt Panthers take on the Connecticut Huskies at Heinz Field in Big East action.
The Huskies are just 3-4 this year, but amazingly, they actually have a legitimate shot of a return trip to the BCS this year if they can find a way to pull off the upset in this game. The truth of the matter is that 5-2 in conference play will certainly be good enough for someone to win this conference, and catching fire is always a possibility. UConn was able to pull off the upset of the South Florida Bulls last week because of its stout defense, and that might be just what the doctor ordered with five very potentially winnable games on tap from here on out. This defense, in spite of the fact that it has had games in which it has truly struggled, is allowing just 89.0 yards per game on the ground, which is great news against a Pittsburgh offense that will run the ball, run the ball, and run it some more. The offense though, is quite ugly at just 320.3 yards per game for Connecticut, and that probably won’t cut it, even in this defensive minded conference.
There’s definitely some good news and some bad news for the Panthers. The good news is that the last time we saw them, they were beating the snot out of the South Florida Bulls on national television. The bad news is that they really haven’t played a good game, save for that one all season long. A 19 point win over Buffalo and a six point escape from Maine weren’t all that impressive, nor was a collapse at the Iowa Hawkeyes the very next week in which the hosts scored the final four touchdowns of the game in the second half. Losing at home to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was respectable, but turning around after the USF win and getting blown away by double digits as favorites by both the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Utah Utes was dull… at best… Now, QB Tino Sunseri and RB Ray Graham have to get back on the horse in a big way. These two are the leaders of an offense that is averaging just 342.1 yards per game against a schedule that, as you can see, isn’t exactly chock full of behemoths.
Connecticut Huskies @ Pittsburgh Panthers Pick: We hate both of these teams. The Panthers are probably the better team on paper, but they’re not even remotely playing like it. That being said, UConn has no excuse not to stick within double digits in this game, and we wouldn’t even be all that surprised if it won the game outright.
NCAA Football Pick: Connecticut Huskies +10.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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