|2012 ESPN Friday Night College Football Odds: Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Friday, 05 October 2012 11:30|
Pitt vs. Syracuse Odds
Syracuse is 1-3 overall, 1-2 at home and playing in its first Big East contest. Pittsburgh is 2-2 overall, 0-1 in the Big East and 0-1 on the road. The Panthers are 2-2 against the spread while the Orange are 1-3 ATS. The home team is 6-3 in the last 9 games of this series.
Trends show that the favorite is 7-2 against the spread in the last 9 games in this series and Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games against Syracuse. These two have hit the over in 4 of their last 5 meetings in Syracuse.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Syracuse is a slight favorite in this game, as the Orange are getting odds of -1.5 points at home against Pitt. The over/under total for the game has been set at 59 points. (View Matchup) Opening odds actually had Pittsburgh as a 3-point favorite on the road. The spread has quickly been turning the other way and is now peaking at Syracuse -1.5 points.
Syracuse is off to a 1-3 start with all three of its losses coming by a combined 21 points. The Orange are scoring just 27 points per game while allowing 29.5 points per contest. Cuse has one of the top passing attack in the country right now, as the Orange ranks 10th nationally at 341.8 yards per game through the air. Quarterback Ryan Nassib has led the team with 1,367 passing yards and 10 touchdowns.
After starting the year 0-2, the Panthers have won their last two games, including a victory over Virginia Tech, 35-17. Pitt is allowing just 23 points per game on defense this season while scoring 29.3 points per game on offense. The Panthers have been successful as of late through the air, thanks to the play of Tino Sunseri, who has thrown for 1,148 yards and 8 touchdowns for the season.
In terms of Injuries, Syracuse receiver Jeremiah Kobena is out with a wrist injury while receiver Adrian Flemming has been upgraded to probable despite an ankle issue. Pittsburgh has not listed any players on the injury report.
The Public Bets for this game are backing Pittsburgh slightly. The Panthers are getting 51% of the wagers with odds of +1.5 points at Syracuse on Friday night.