Pittsburgh over SYRACUSE by 3
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.