Are the Panthers Worth a College Football Bet?

One of the teams that are likely to get a lot of action from gamblers who make a college football bet in 2010 is the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Panthers are the favorites to win the Big East Conference this season but that doesn’t mean they will have an easy time vs. the college football betting odds.

College football bet numbers list Pittsburgh as a 40-1 long shot to win the national title this season.  2010 is supposed to be the year that everything comes together for the Panthers but it should be noted that they are still coached by Dave Wannstedt and that means nothing is guaranteed.  The Panthers are led on offense by running back Dion Lewis who had 1,799 yards and 17 TDs last year. The team will be going with Tino Sunseri as the starting quarterback and he will need to play well if the Panthers are to win the conference title.  He has a good receiver to throw to in wide receiver Jon Baldwin.

The defense for Pittsburgh is solid except at cornerback. They have two new starters so that is a big concern. The Panthers are hoping that Antwuan Reed and Saheed Imoru can handle the job.  The defense is led by defensive end Greg Romeus who is one of the best in the country.  He has 19.5 sacks so far in his Pittsburgh career.

Pittsburgh does have some tough games that will test just how good they are in college football betting. They open up with Utah and that game may decide if Pittsburgh is a contender or a pretender this season.  The Panthers also have to play Miami and Notre Dame this season.  Pittsburgh does have a favorable Big East schedule with their toughest games against West Virginia, Rutgers, and Connecticut at home.

Pittsburgh has been close to winning the Big East title the past two years but come up short. Nothing less than a conference title will be acceptable this year at Pittsburgh and Wannstedt will be help responsible if the Panthers don’t win the crown.  The Panthers open up the season at Utah on Thursday, September 2nd in a game that will be televised on Versus. The Panthers are three-point underdogs in that contest against the Utes.