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Pitt Has Been Proper Fade Material At Heinz Field

Pitt has protected its home field well over the past few seasons but bettors should be aware that the Panthers have not protected it well enough to cover the spread. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, Pitt has gone 10-4 SU at Heinz Field but has covered the spread on just three occasions. The Panthers will be spotted a healthy number of points when they host the high-flying Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pitt’s last 14 games.
  • Pitt and Oklahoma State combined for 83 points and 1,167 offensive yards in last season’s meeting.
  • Pittsburgh is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games against the Big 12.

Pitt and Oklahoma State clashed last season and the Panthers struggled mightily to contain Mason Rudolph. The Cowboys QB threw for 540 yards and two touchdowns with his favorite target, James Washington, tallying 296 yards through the air.

The tandem of Rudolph and Washington has proven to be the most explosive in college football. Since the beginning of last season, Washington has tallied 1,623 receiving yards with 13 touchdowns in 15 games. Rudolph has become ridiculously efficient, as the senior has thrown for 12 touchdowns and no interceptions in his past six starts.

Pitt thought it solved the issue of Nathan Peterman’s departure by bringing in USC transfer Max Browne but that has not worked out. Through the first two games of the season, Browne has thrown a total of 278 yards with two interceptions and one TD. The signal-caller doesn’t really have much to rely on in the backfield with the team averaging just 3.7 yards per carry.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Oklahoma State Cowboys were listed as 11-point favorites on the opening NCAA football line at BetOnline and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week; check out the odds pages here or at Bovada for updates.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas run early in the week pointed to a 38-22 win for the Cowboys on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Pittsburgh Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Pittsburgh brings a 1-1 record (0-1-1 ATS) to the Week 3 betting matchup against the 2-0 Oklahoma State Cowboys, who are 2-0 ATS against the spread. OVER/UNDER betting has seen Pittsburgh go 0-2 so far and the Cowboys go 1-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Oklahoma State injuries news.

The Pittsburgh Panthers sit at No. 56 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Oklahoma State Cowboys are at No. 9 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 102-ranked offense, averaging 21 PPG, against a Oklahoma State defense that ranks No. 31 this week at 15.5 PPG. The Pittsburgh aerial game is averaging 163.5 yards per game, more than the Oklahoma State Cowboys secondary allows through the air, 161 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Oklahoma State Cowboys feature the league's No. 7-rated road run defense, allowing 41 yards per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, ranks No. 49 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Oklahoma State's aerial attack generated 335 yards and the Cowboys came away with a 44-7 victory over South Alabama at Ladd Peebles Stadium.

In their last game, the Panthers were Week 2 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 33-14 score against Penn State.

Betting Trends
  • Oklahoma State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Oklahoma State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma State's last 5 games
  • Oklahoma State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 14 games
  • Pittsburgh is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oklahoma State home to TCU, Saturday, September 23
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, Saturday, September 23