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Pittsburgh Louisville Betting: Pittsburgh Tries To Regroup Against Surging Louisville

Posted by Blake Frazier on 11/9/2011 6:17:01 PM
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The Pittsburgh Panthers simply aren’t going to win the Big East championship this season before heading off to the Atlantic Coast Conference. They just want to win this week against Louisville.

Pittsburgh Panthers @ Louisville Cardinals - Saturday, November 12

Sports betting line: Louisville -2 1/2

Why Pittsburgh Will Win

The college football betting  experts who look at the Big East Conference are aware that Pittsburgh came up short last weekend against league-leading Cincinnati. This was another in a season of disappointing losses for a Pittsburgh team that began the year on the fringe of the top 25 and considered itself a contender for the Big East title. But even in defeat, there is a silver lining for Pittsburgh. The team entered the game simply decimated by injuries, including one to star running back Ray Graham. With Graham out, however, quarterback Tino Sunseri and Graham’s replacement, Zach Brown, ran the ball well and kept the Panthers in the game. While the Big East title is likely out of reach, the Panthers can still rally for bowl eligibility and build momentum for the future. It’s not as though Pittsburgh was complete outclassed by the first-place team in the Big East. Sunseri made some head-scratching throws and the Panthers faltered in key moments. By eradicating a few lapses in concentration and playing a slightly more airtight brand of ball, Pittsburgh can most definitely pull out a win on the road in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Why Louisville Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you simply can’t deny that Louisville is a confident team which has learned how to play together. The Cardinals are soaring after a huge 38-35 win at preseason league favorite West Virginia on Nov. 5. Yes, for the first time since 1990, Louisville won in Morgantown, West Virginia. It did so without Brian Brohm, the quarterback who led then-coach Bobby Petrino's offense to a 17-point fourth-quarter lead against West Virginia in the 2005 matchup against the Mountaineers. Louisville won without Michael Bush, the burly yet light-footed running back who was such a weapon for the Cards in their ascendancy in the middle of the past decade. Louisville, in short, won this game without any of the top-shelf talent it brought to the dance against West Virginia in the Petrino era.  Precisely when UL's talent haul seemed to be less substantial than ever before, coach Charlie Strong's team found a way to beat a faster and far more athletic opponent in a hostile environment. Louisville hasn’t lost a game (3-0) since Strong’s contract was extended. It’s clear that this team loves to play for its coach, and it’s particularly clear that young UL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is locked in at the moment; the freshman is playing with great awareness, vigilance, and responsiveness. As long as Louisville continues to perform at this level, it will be hard for an inconsistent Pittsburgh squad to deliver an upset.

Who Will Win

It’s not hard to arrive at a winner in this game. Louisville is the more confident team, the more inspired team, the more focused team, the more prepared team… and it’s playing at home. It wouldn’t be stunning if Pittsburgh won, but it’s certainly difficult to give the Panthers the benefit of the doubt. Louisville has to be seen as the favorite in this contest.

College Football Betting Pick: Louisville

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