NCAA Football – Week 11
Two teams that are in dire need of a win are going to meet in NCAA football betting action on Friday night in Week 11 of the season, as the Pittsburgh Panthers take on the Connecticut Huskies.
The Panthers certainly slotted last week’s game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish into the loss column before it got started, but the way that things went down at the end have to have you questioning whether they are going to be able to get off of the mat to finish the season. Blowing a 20-6 lead, having a chance to still win the game with a short field goal try in the second overtime… it’s all something that clearly wears on you as a team, especially when you’re hovering right around .500 and have had such a disappointing campaign. RB Ray Graham had a fabulous game last week, but all told, he has had a shoddy season, rushing for just 794 yards with a total of 10 TDs in a year in which many figured that he would rush for 1,500 yards and 15-20 TDs. QB Tino Sunseri will throw for right around 3,000 yards on the campaign, and though he has done a great job by throwing just two picks, none of which have occurred since Week 3 of the season, he should have more than 14 TD passes. The season isn’t lost, because this is a game that should be won, but if it is lost, don’t expect to see the Panthers in the bowl season.
Connecticut is still mathematically alive, but it isn’t going to be in a bowl game. Not only does it have to win this one, but it has to beat both the Louisville Cardinals and Cincinnati Bearcats too, and those aren’t wins that are going to happen under really any circumstance. This is a team that ranks 120th in the land rushing the football. Of course, it would help if QB Chandler Whitmer weren’t slower than molasses in the pocket, but even without him, the team is only averaging right around 3.3 yards per rush this year. RB Lyle McCombs is a talented back too, but the offensive line is terrible in front of him. That’s why the team has more turnovers than touchdowns on the campaign. UConn has 57 punts this year, but just 14 offensive TDs. That isn’t going to cut it against any of the best teams in the Big East.
This isn’t a game that is certainly going to be lost, though. Remember that the Huskies play some stout defense, and they are just out there to try to stick around in games. If they are able to make the Panthers doubt that they are able to win, the Huskies could pull off the upset and really deliver a bit of a death blow to U-Pitt’s season, while at least temporarily saving its own. Connecticut 17 – Pittsburgh 14