NCAA Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Looking to Take Next Step this College Football Picks season: In 2009 College Football Picks season, a botched extra point attempt was the difference between the University of Pittsburgh Panthers winning the Big East title and earning a BCS bowl bid. Pitt’s last-second loss to the University of Cincinnati, 45-44, will go down as one of the most heart-breaking in the university’s long history, but provides plenty of motivation for the Panthers as they enter into the 2010 NCAA picks season. The Panthers, 10-3 a year ago, are ranked #15 in the NCAA picks preseason USA Today college football poll, but are saddled with 75-1 long shot Vegas odds to win the BCS national championship College football picks matchup in Glendale.
NCAA odds indicate Pitt has plenty of reasons for optimism but also lots of questions. The Panthers have lost half their starters from 2009, including their quarterback, a dynamic tight end, and many in their interior starting line. The Panthers do have several players getting national preseason recognition, including sophomore running back Dion Lewis, junior wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, and senior defensive end Greg Romeus.
Romeus’ decision to return for his senior NCAA picks season was an important step in stabilizing the defense that should be dominant in 2010 College Football picks. Romeus is a future pro and led the team with 8 sacks in 2009. He has a book end in fellow senior DE Jaball Sheard and the Panthers expect to get big contributions from sophomore middle linebacker Dan Mason, who is a heavy hitter. The secondary is inexperienced but features junior cornerback Antwuan Reed.
Lewis, the Panthers Heisman trophy candidate running back, drives the offense. His stellar 2009 NCAA picks season in which he ran for over 1,800 yards and 17 TDs thrust him into the national spotlight. College football predictions show Lewis and fellow sophomore Ray Graham will pound the ball at opponents while new quarterback, sophomore Tino Sunseri will try to find ways to get the ball to Baldwin, a dynamic, tall receiver. The Panthers are young in the OL but Vegas odds show senior tackle Jason Pinkston to be a pro prospect.
NCAA Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Forecast
Entering his sixth year in Pittsburgh, College Football Picks Head Coach Dave Wannstedt needs to turn the corner on this program. His ten-win NCAA picks season in 2009 was the program’s first since 1981, but Wannstedt has a challenging schedule in this 2010 College Football Picks Season and the team could regress. The Panthers start on the road against Utah on September 2, an important game for the young Panthers. They also host Miami, and play at Notre Dame. In conference, the Panthers get West Virginia at home this season but must travel to Cincinnati and Connecticut.
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