College Football Predictions Week 9: Connecticut Huskies vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
The Big East conference is featured during the week as ESPN will showcase the Connecticut Huskies vs. Pittsburgh Panthers game on Wednesday night.
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The latest college football point-spread on this game opened with the Panthers as 9.5 point favorites. The betting public jumped on the home favorite with 65% of the early betting money coming in on the Panthers. The line has jumped to 10 points in some offshore online sportsbooks, and it may go higher as the game gets closer.
The Huskies always get excited for a game against the Panthers. In fact the underdog is 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in the last five games and the Huskies have covered four out of five of those games. The Huskies are off a bye week and have had plenty of time to prepare for Pittsburgh. The Huskies are hoping to carry momentum into this game after beating South Florida.
Quarterback Johnny McEntree knows how to manage the game, and the Huskies win ugly with defense, and safe football. This formula has been successful against Pittsburgh in the past, and the Huskies hope it will again. The Huskies catch the Panthers at a very tough time.
The Panthers are off a bye, but has lost four of five and got dismantled at home in the last outing against Utah. Quarterback Tino Sunseri has lost confidence as a signal caller, but is only a small part of the big problem for Pittsburgh. The Panthers are leaving the Big East and are playing like they already left.
The Panthers are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game, 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game, and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite. They are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a bye week and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
The public is blindly backing the Panthers because of their name, not because of their play on the field. The Huskies should not be double digit underdogs in this game and could pull off a huge upset on the road.
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