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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(2-0) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 16th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NCAA Football Spread: Oklahoma State -13.5
NCAA Betting Total: 64.5
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Oklahoma State has rolled in their first two games but now hit the road for the second straight week – this week against their first Power 5 opponent.
Pittsburgh will look to find some more rhythm after barely surviving Youngstown State in their opener and then dropping a road game at Penn State this past week.
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Oklahoma State’s offense has been electrifying – averaging 51.5 points and 572.5 yards per game in their first two games..
Wins over Tulsa and South Alabama were very easy to come by but now they’ll be tasked with an ACC opponent. If Oklahoma State continues playing on offense the way they have thus far, it doesn’t really matter who gets in their way.
Oklahoma State hasn’t showed too many signs of weakness thus far and they could be fueled a bit by all of the hype their in-state rival Sooners have been getting after their win last week at Ohio State.
The Cowboys are a top 10 team and have a favorable schedule lined up if you start to look ahead with Oklahoma coming to their place and their toughest road game either being Texas or West Virginia.
That is just about the only thing that could get Oklahoma State in trouble this week against Pitt if they start to look ahead.
Mason Rudolph and James Washington have picked up right where they left off from last season with Rudolph completing 73 percent of his passes with no interceptions and Washington accumulating 243 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in the first two games.
The Cowboys have a little extra time to prepare for this one after playing on Friday last week and I would expect them to be locked in and aiming to keep things rolling before Big 12 play.
Pitt pulled off the unthinkable last season when they beat Penn State and nearly pulled off another upset the following week at Oklahoma State – losing 45-38.
This season has been less impressive out of the gate though for the Panthers as they have struggled in their first two games.
They only beat Youngstown State 28-21 in overtime in their opening game at home and then lost pretty handily to Penn State last week.
Their offense has been the problem as they have tried to replace James Conner and Nate Peterman – both now playing in the NFL. Last season, Conner ran for 111 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Oklahoma State while Peterman threw for 237 and a touchdown in the game.
This season, the Panthers have been relying on Max Browne at quarterback and he has been struggling mightily. Pitt is managing just 5.03 yards per attempt in the passing game while the run game has managed just 3.7 yards per carry.
Pitt will have to hope they can keep the explosive Oklahoma State offense in check because the offense doesn’t appear to be poised to break out. Browne will appear to be quite the mismatch in this quarterback dual.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 8-1 Pitt’s last 9 games as an underdog.
- Over is 11-3 in PItt’s last 14 games overall
- Oklahoma State is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Oklahoma State is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
- Oklahoma State has outgained their opponents by an average of 100 yards per game over their last 10 games.
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I think Oklahoma State could potentially come out flat in an early road game quite a bit of distance from home. But, their offensive firepower should eventually pick up and take over the game.
Don’t be alarmed if you take Oklahoma State and its close early. Pitt will only be able to stick around for a half – if at all.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Oklahoma State -13.5
It’s a rebuilding year going on at Pitt while Oklahoma State has their eyes on the College Football Playoff. They appear to be locked in on that and I wouldn’t expect a slip-up.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma State 49 – Pittsburgh 23
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