Free Week 3 Prediction: Orange vs Panthers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(0-1) Syracuse Orange vs. Pitt Panthers (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 19th 2019
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
NCAA Football Spread: Pitt -21.5
NCAA Betting Total: 50.5
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Both of these teams have a game under their belt and both of those games went the way you would expect.
Pittsburgh won easily against Austin Peay while Syracuse got beat by North Carolina.
The spread is saying to not expect Syracuse to put up much of a fight in this one.
For the Orange last week would have looked a lot better if North Carolina had been ready to go at the beginning of the game. There were obvious effects of the weird offseason.
The same could probably be said for the Orange but they kind of played the way we thought they would. Their offense is not going to be very good this season.
It is disappointing because Dino Babers is definitely an offense first coach. For this team to have a chance they have to play pretty fast and let it fly.
The Pitt offense is nowhere near as good as North Carolina’s, especially at the quarterback position. Andre Cisco, the safety, is their best player. Perhaps he can make a difference-making play to keep it close.
From what we have seen so far it might be an extra-long season in central New York. Jahwar Jordan is a super fast freshman. Maybe they work him in sooner than later.
For Pitts the first game was a breeze, as it should be when you are taking on an FCS opponent. They won 55-0 but it is hard to fully evaluate.
On the plus side, Kenny Pickett looked really good. He did not make any mistakes and they threw the ball more than I would have expected.
The defense did not give up a point and only 137 total yards so it is hard to find too much fault there. This week should be a tougher test.
I am curious to see if the offense is a little more open this season or whether it was just really easy to throw against Austin Peay. They know they need to be more dynamic but Pickett has to prove he won’t make stupid mistakes.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 8-2 in SYR last 10 games on grass.
- SYR are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 conference games.
- SYR are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Under is 13-5 in PITT last 18 games overall.
- Under is 10-4 in PITT last 14 games on grass.
- Under is 7-3 in PITT last 10 games as a favorite.
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Pick
This is a big number and I worry that even if Pitt dominate they just might not score enough. They won 8 games a year ago but none by more than 10 as a reference.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under 50.5
The challenge is fading the Panthers means you are backing the Orange. I don’t want to do that in this one where they are on the road for the first time.
Instead, I am going to fade the offenses here. Pitt will get more resistance than they did last week for sure, while Syracuse is not going to do well against one of the best defensive lines in football.
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