|2012 BBVA Compass Bowl Odds & Point Spread: SMU vs. Pittsburgh|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Saturday, 07 January 2012 10:00|
2012 Compass Bowl Odds
SMU is 7-5 on the season and 4-8 against the spread while Pittsburgh is 6-6 on the year and 7-5 against the spread. The Mustangs have hit the under in 8 of their 12 games while the Panthers have hit the under in 7 of their 12 games. These two teams have no recent meetings.
Trends show that SMU is 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 games as an underdog and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf. Pittsburgh is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record. Pitt has hit the under in their last 5 bowl games.
Oddsmakers have made Pittsburgh the favorite in this bowl game, giving the Panthers odds of -4 points against SMU. The over/under total for this game has been set at 46 points. (View Matchup)
SMU went 5-3 in Conference USA this season and the Mustangs finished the season 2-4. SMU averaged just 25.7 points per game, which is less than typical for the Mustangs. They still were one of the top passing teams in the country, averaging 277.8 yards per game behind the arm of J.J. McDermott, who threw for 3,182 yards and 16 TD’s on the season. Defensively, SMU is allowing 24.5 points per game.
Pittsburgh went 4-3 in the Big East this season. The Panthers won two of their final three games and four of their losses were by four points or less. Pitt lost head coach Todd Graham to Arizona State after just one season, but have hired Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst to take over. This season, Pitt is scoring 25.8 points per game. Tino Sunseri has led the team with 2,433 passing yards and 10 TD’s. Defensively, Pittsburgh is holding opponents to just 22.4 points per game.
In terms of Injuries, SMU quarterback Kyle Padron is out with a foot injury while linebacker Byron Brown is questionable with a head injury. Pittsburgh quarterback Trey Anderson is questionable with a wrist injury.
Currently over 20,200 Public Bets have been placed on this game and Pittsburgh is getting 58% of the wagers with a point spread of -4 against SMU on Saturday.