Miami vs Pittsburgh Odds Preview

The No. 19 Miami Hurricanes were a popular pick to break out as BCS title contenders in betting circles this year and they are favored tonight against Pitt.

Their 45-0 victory over Florida A&M in Week 1 did nothing to dispel that enthusiasm. Then came Ohio State. The Hurricanes fell to the second-ranked team in the nation and may have lost their shot at a national title already. The ’Canes have more tough road tests ahead this season – including the Thursday nighter at Pittsburgh. Will they bounce back after a bye week and get back on the fast track to a big bowl game? The oddsmakers at Bovada seem to think so. Most books favor Miami by 3.5 points or so as it travels to Heinz Field. The key for the Hurricanes is for quarterback Jacory Harris to bounce back from his awful showing against Ohio State. Harris threw four interceptions; that simply doesn’t cut it for a guy many people pegged as a Heisman Trophy candidate this season. As Harris goes, so do the Hurricanes; he’s thrown 12 interceptions versus five touchdown passes in Miami’s last five losses. ADVERTISEMENT: SHARP COLLEGE FOOTBALL ODDS, HEFTY BONUSES AND ODDS ON GAMES YOU CAN'T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE - WANT TO BET AGAINST AUSTIN PEAY OR NORTHERN COLORADO THIS WEEK? THE ONLY PLACE WITH THE ODDS IS {URL=http://affiliates.5dimes.com/tracking/Affiliate.asp?AffID=AF0002320&medi...}5DIMES.COM.{/URL} The host Pittsburgh Panthers suffered a major early-season letdown as well; theirs came in Week 1, when they lost a 27-24 overtime heartbreaker to Utah. They bounced back and won a cupcake matchup against New Hampshire this week but that was hardly a real test. Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri has been a pleasant surprise, completing 64.5 percent of his passes and throwing three touchdown strikes in his first two games. But what’s wrong with Dion Lewis? After a dazzling freshman year in which he rushed for 1,799 yards and 17 scores, he has just 102 yards on 35 carries through two games, averaging a paltry 2.9 yards per rush. Lewis will need to get it going for Pittsburgh to have a shot against Miami, but it won’t be easy. The Hurricanes have a fast, athletic defense. They held Florida A&M to 2.2 yards per carry in Week 1 and, despite falling to Ohio State, held Terrelle Pryor’s Buckeyes to a reasonable 3.7 yards per rush. Though Miami looks like it could bottle up Pittsburgh’s attack, oddsmakers still have the total set around 52 points at most books. That seems like a relatively high number but Pittsburgh allowed over 400 yards of total offense in its opener against Utah. Pittsburgh has the home-field advantage but it’s in tough this week against a Hurricanes team that should play with a chip on its shoulder after losing a tough one to Ohio State. Check out the odds on every college football game, including matches between Wisconsin (-43) and Austin Peay or Iowa State hosting Northern Iowa, a team better known in betting circles for its recent March Madness run. Those lines are only available at {URL=http://affiliates.5dimes.com/tracking/Affiliate.asp?AffID=AF0002320&medi...}5DIMES.COM.{/URL}

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