2010 College Football Predictions Week 1: Utah vs. Pitt NCAA Betting: On Thursday, September 2, the NCAA college football predictions season kicks-off with a NCAA betting match-up of top twenty-five teams as the #15 University of Pittsburgh Panthers travel to Salt Lake City to battle the #23 Utah Utes. Vegas odds have installed Utah as a 3-point favorite in this opening night tilt.
On defense, the Utes lost their top 4 tacklers from NCAA college football picks season 2010 so new faces must emerge. The defensive line brings back experience in DE senior Christian Cox, who led the team in sacks, and get a big boost in JUCO transfer defensive linemen junior James Aiono. The DL must make tackles since the linebacker unit is inexperienced and untested.
The top seven on the defensive unit will be tested as the Panthers will run the ball behind sophomore Dion Lewis, a Heisman trophy candidate running back who drives the Pitt Panthers offense. His stellar NCAA college football picks 2009 match-up, in which he ran for over 1,800 yards and 17 TDs thrust him into the national spotlight. He and fellow sophomore Ray Graham (if available, he is questionable due to injury) will pound the ball at opponents behind junior fullback Henry Hynoski, who is a bull of a blocker. The interior of the offensive line is young but the Panthers have a pro prospect in senior tackle Jason Pinkston. If Lewis gets between 25 and 30 carries, there is an excellent chance that the Panthers will steal a victory.
The Panthers are inexperienced at quarterback with sophomore Tino Sunseri taking over the huddle, and that is good news for Utah who has an inexperienced secondary. Sunseri is mobile and seems to have a command of the huddle. He will have a tall, dynamic receiver in junior Jonathan Baldwin as well as a good possession receiver in sophomore Mike Shanahan. The Utes will counter with junior cornerback Brandon Burton, but the secondary could be vulnerable to big plays if the front seven do not provide the necessary pressure.
Utah’s defense is capable of causing Sunseri to make some mistakes but in 2010 College Football Predictions Week 1 look for the young quarterback to lean on Lewis early and find Baldwin against the young secondary.
The Panthers also possess an excellent weapon in PK Dan Hutchins and the game could come down to one of the clutch kicker’s field goal attempts.
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