Big East Battle

Off to a 6-1 start, No. 20 Pittsburgh has to avoid buying into its own hype on Saturday when the Panthers host South Florida at Noon ET from Heinz Field.

Bet South Florida at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 6-1 and 4-2 against the spread this season. The Panthers have won three-straight to enter the top 25 rankings. The Panthers defeated then-No. 10 South Florida last season 26-21 to end a two-game losing streak to the Bulls. This season, the Panthers are led by Dion Lewis, who has rushed for 918 yards and nine touchdowns while Bill Stull has thrown for 1,409 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jonathan Baldwin has caught 28 passes for 549 yards and three touchdowns. Dorin Dickerson has caught eight touchdown passes on the year. Right now, the Panthers are leading the Big East in rushing offense with 1,222 yards, and on defense, the Panthers have allowed only 695 yards on the ground.

South Florida was in the top 25 rankings with a 5-0 start until losing last week to Cincinnati, 34-17. The Bulls are just 2-2 against the spread on the year. B.J. Daniels has thrown for 810 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 365 yards and four touchdowns. Daniels has filled in for Matt Grothe, who was lost for the season with an ACL tear in his knee during the third game of the season. The Bulls are second in the conference in points scored per-game at 33.7. On defense, South Florida leads the conference in points and yards per-game at 13.5 points and 286 yards. The Bulls have the top passing defense in the nation, allowing just 1,003 yards through the air.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com have made Pittsburgh 6.5-point home favorites over South Florida on Saturday afternoon. The over/under total for this game has been established at 48.5.
College Football Week 8 Betting Trends
All games in this series since 1992

PITTSBURGH is 3-3 against the spread versus S FLORIDA since 1992

PITTSBURGH is 3-3 straight up against S FLORIDA since 1992

3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992

Games over the last 3 seasons

PITTSBURGH is 1-1 against the spread versus S FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons 

PITTSBURGH is 1-1 straight up against S FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons 

1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

All games played at PITTSBURGH since 1992

S FLORIDA is 2-1 against the spread versus PITTSBURGH since 1992

S FLORIDA is 2-1 straight up against PITTSBURGH since 1992

2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992

Games played at PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons.

S FLORIDA is 1-0 against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons 

S FLORIDA is 1-0 straight up against PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons 

1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
Week 8 College Football Injury Report
S FLORIDA

[K] 09/15/2009 - Maikon Bonani out for season ( Back ) 

[SS] 09/23/2009 - Jerrell Young out indefinitely ( Arm ) 

[RB] 09/06/2009 - Jamar Taylor downgraded to expected to miss 8-10 weeks ( Knee ) 

[QB] 09/20/2009 - Matt Grothe out for season ( Knee ) 

[RB] 10/03/2009 - Lindsey Lamar "?" ( Hip ) 

[RB] 10/03/2009 - Aston Samuels "?" ( Undisclosed ) 

PITTSBURGH

No significant injuries.
South Florida at Pittsbrugh Current Odds
South Florida Bulls +6.5 Over 48.5 (+210)

Pittsburgh Panthers -6.5 Under 48.5 (-270)
Bet South Florida at Pittsburgh
Posted: 10/24/09 8:12AM ET

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