NBC College Football Game of the Week Odds: Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame Print
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Thursday, 01 November 2012 07:30
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Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame Odds

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SOUTH BEND, IN (The Spread) – No. 4 Notre Dame looks to continue its run to a national title on Saturday when it hosts Pittsburgh at 3:30PM ET on NBC.

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Notre Dame is 8-0 on the season and 5-0 at home while Pittsburgh is 4-4 on the year and 1-2 on the road. The Panthers are 4-3-1 against the spread this year while the Fighting Irish are 5-3 ATS. Notre Dame has won the last two in this series but hasn’t covered the spread against the Panthers since their loss in 2009.

Trends show that the underdog is 6-0-1 against the spread in the last 7 games of this series. Notre Dame is 0-3-1 ATS in its last 4 against Big East opponents while Pitt is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games in November.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Notre Dame is the clear favorite at home, as the Fighting Irish have odds of -16.5 points against Pitt on Saturday. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Notre Dame favored by 18.5 points. The spread didn’t get any higher than that and closed at its low of Notre Dame -16.5.

Notre Dame is coming off a 30-13 win at Oklahoma last week, the biggest win to date for the Irish this season. Notre Dame continues to be led by a stellar defense, as the Irish are allowing just 9.9 points per game, which ranks second in the country. On offense, Notre Dame is scoring just 26.4 points per contest. The Irish are being led by a trio of backs in Theo Riddick, Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III. The three have combined for 1,313 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

Pitt has won two straight coming into this game. The Panthers have seen their last two losses come by 10 points or less. On the season, Pitt is averaging 29 points per game, while the defense is holding opponents to just 21.8 points per game. Leading the way for Pitt is quarterback Tino Sunseri, who has thrown for 2,199 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Notre Dame kicker Nick Tausch is questionable for the game with a groin injury while running back George Atkinson III is probable despite battling the flu. Pittsburgh linebacker Shane Gordon is listed as questionable for this game with an ankle injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are getting 51% of the wagers with odds of -16.5 points against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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