Pitts­burgh over SYRA­CUSE by 3

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

After watch­ing game film of last year’s wild 76-61 sea­son end­ing win over the Orange, Pitt QB Max Browne (a USC trans­fer) has to be ec­static to re­claim the start­ing job. He was benched after a lethar­gic 1-2 start but was re-in­serted into the start­ing lineup last week and re­sponded with a 28 of 32 ef­fort for 410 yards in a 42-10 rout of Rice. “He’s got the abil­ity to do that ev­ery game,” head coach Pat Nar­duzzi said. “We’ve got the tools out there. Over­all, you’ve gotta be happy with the pass­ing game.” Re­lax Pat… it was Rice! How­ever, Syra­cuse isn’t that much higher on the food chain – at least not to a Pan­thers’ bunch that is 11-1 SU in this se­ries since 2005. In fact, the Orange were get­ting points in 10 of those con­tests, mak­ing Pitt one of our fa­mous DIA DIA plays – dom­i­nat­ing dog in ac­tion, do­ing it again. Our dom­i­nat­ing data­base also likes the fact that we’ve un­der­lined and bolded Pitt as the Pan­thers are 29-8 ATS as dogs in which they score 30 or more points while Syra­cuse HC Dino Babers is 1-6 ATS as chalk in games where his teams al­low 30-plus points. Thus, if you’re like us and feel the score­board op­er­a­tor will earn his keep, then a False Fa­vorite money line par­lay (see Duke above) may be worth a shekel or two. Ei­ther way, the points are the play to­day in the Car­rier Dome.

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