On Thursday night, the Miami Hurricanes #19 take on the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Both teams are 1-1 with the Panthers losing game one and the Hurricanes losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes in week two. Let’s look over some sportsbook betting tips and make a prediction on Thursday’s game.
Looking at the college football betting odds, the sportsbook betting tips the line favoring the Hurricanes by -4 points and a straight up wager on the underdog Panthers will pay college football bettors +155 on the moneyline. The game total is set at 50½ points
Miami Florida Hurricanes -4 -110 -175
Pittsburgh Panthers +4 -110 +155
Game Total 50½
Location: Heinz Field – Pittsburgh PA
Game Time: 7:45pm
The Miami Hurricanes lost 28-14 to the Ohio State Buckeyes in week 2 and Coach Randy Shannon was livid after the game. Shannon knows his team should have won this game but his quarterback Jacory Harris threw four interceptions and the receivers should have caught three of the four interceptions.
Combine the offensive miscues with lackadaisical tackling on defense, and the Hurricanes beat themselves as much as the Buckeyes beat them.
Randy Shannon unloaded on his team and a more concerted effort on both sides of the ball is expected.
The Pittsburgh Panthers began the season as the fifteenth ranked team in the nation but an opening game loss to the Utah Utes knocked them out of the top-25.
The drop from the top-25 isn’t the team’s biggest concern, as the Panthers team is under scrutiny after the arrest of three Panthers players in separate incidents over the past two months. The team also dealt with similar issues last season with off field incidents involving WR Jon Baldwin and LB Adam Gunn and cut two more players for disciplinary reasons.
Here are a couple of sportsbook betting tips for this game to consider. The Panthers are 6-1 against the spread in games after an ATS loss, while the Hurricanes are just 3-13 ATS in their past 16 in games coming off a bye week.
The disciplinary problems aren’t Pittsburgh’s only problem, as they’re dealing with a few injuries on the defensive side of the ball.
In Thursday’s game, look for the Hurricanes to respond to Shannon’s tirade, as the team will be focused on offense, the receivers will run clean routes, and the defense's tackling will have energy and yards after the hit will be minimal. If the Hurricanes lose this game, a shot at any of the major bowls will be out of the question.
I’m going against the sportsbook betting tips and picking the Hurricanes to cover the -4 point spread.
NCAAF Betting Pick: Miami Florida Hurricanes -4