Former Big East rivals Miami and Pittsburgh match Thursday night on ESPN in what should become a very competitive match with extreme reprecussions for that loser. Both schools were likely to struggle due to its respective conference championship, but each has already suffered a non-conference loss meaning that the goes Thursday night falls to 12. The ancient betting line gets the seeing Hurricanes favorite by 3.5 points.
This will be the first time both of these schools have played as Miami abandoned the Big East in 2004. The Canes won that prior meeting 28-14 as a three point road favorite on the betting line at Heinz Field to their eighth consecutive victory over the Panthers and 14 th and 15 attempts. Perhaps its worth noting that Pitt was outgained in five of their previous six meetings and done so by a mean of 185 metres per match.
There’s a coaching connection here maxbet since Pitt HC Wannstedt served as defensive coordinator at Coral Gables under Jimmy Johnson in 1986-88.
Back for the past year, both squads had hoped to enter in to this match unbeaten. Miami’s loss was more excusable because it came playing at #2 Ohio State a dozen months ago. “The U” did not insure since 8.5-point under-dogs in the 36-24 conquer. Said Shannon,”Ohio State can be still a good football team, a wonderful football team, but we made so many mistakes we didn’t give ourselves a opportunity.”
Those mistakes Shannon talked of included eight penalties and 4 interceptions thrown by QB Jacory Harris. Miami has been a terrible college football selection ()under their current head coach – at Virginia Tech (twice), Florida St, Oklahoma and Ohio State – they’ve been out scored with a whopping 188-61 margin whilst moving 0-5 ATS. Harris withdrew 17 INT’s last year, and that is another thing to keep an eye on.
Miami has not played since the Ohio State loss and will likely be trying to return to back regular season losses for the first time because the final two matches of the 2008 season.
Pittsburgh suffered its defeat at the season opener, in addition on the road, in Utah. The one difference is that they were far more competitive in a 27-24 overtime loss, that did drop them outside from their Top 25. Wanny and company rebounded with a triumph within an FCS competition, New Hampshire, by a score of 38-16. Neither of the teams has conquered an FBS opponent yet in 2013.
The Panthers might have larger issues than college football selections and a 1 10 SU album vs. non-conference, rated competitions (since’96) as freshman tailback Jason Douglas (DUI) and book offensive lineman Keith Coleman (aggravated assault) have been suspended forever. Both players were detained, as was defensive ending Jabaal Sheard at July for an off-campus struggle.