One of the best handicapping theories for gamblers who make a college football bet gets a big test on the first day of the college football season as #24 Utah hosts #15 Pittsburgh.
The Utes are not as highly ranked as the Panthers but they are a 3-point favorite in NCAA betting.
College football bet numbers should get a lot of action at SBG Global on this game since both teams are ranked in the Top 25. What makes this game really interesting is that the Utes are favored even though they are ranked 9 spots lower in the poll than the Panthers. When that happens you should jump all over the favored team.
The sad part about this game is that ESPN is not doing it. They are in love with Steve Spurrier so they are showing South Carolina again. At least Versus is showing the Pitt-Utah game so real football fans will turn off ESPN and watch the better game on Versus.
Utah: The Utes are going to be very good this season. They have a talented starting quarterback in Jordan Wynn and he has some good receivers in Shaky Smithson and Jereme Brooks to throw to. The running game also looks good with Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata. The offensive line is loaded with two seniors returning. The defense is good in the middle and great in the secondary with Brandon Burton and Lamar Chapman. The Utes are going to be a very difficult team to handle in 2010 and odds makers have taken note as they are favored against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh: The Panthers are getting a lot of respect this season but they still have Dave Wannstedt as head coach, so how confident can you be in the Panthers. The Panthers have no quarterback so the Utes will just stuff the line and try and contain running back Dion Lewis. He is a tough back but the Panthers don’t have a proven quarterback who can throw the ball.
Prediction: The Panthers are very good on defense so this game on Thursday, September 2nd could be very low scoring. Going with Utah and the under would seem like a no-lose scenario with the split seemingly the worst you could do.