College Football Picks: Tremendous Value Found on Pittsburgh +9 vs. Notre Dame

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, November 5, 2015 7:33 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 7:33 PM UTC

We look at Saturday’s game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Pittsburgh Panthers and conclude the article with our Feline Feature of the Week college football pick.

Notre Dame (-9) vs. Pittsburgh, November 7 at NOON ET ABC TV
Notre Dame visits Pittsburgh for this nationally televised contest on ABC TV at Noon ET.  Though the Panthers are in the thick of it at 4-1 SU in league play, there can be no letdown in this non-conference game against Notre Dame in this continuing national series.  When these teams last met, Pitt recorded a (28-21) victory on this field vs. the Fighting Irish as 4 point dog.  Be assured, that with Notre Dame (despite 1 loss) ranked in the Top 4 of the Final Four rankings, that although the Irish will be playing with super-surging mentality, a quality team such as Pitt at an underdog price will be equally highly motivated!


Notre Dame
Last week, Notre Dame held off a highly emotional and very motivated, undefeated Temple team for a (24-20) win at Franklin Field on Saturday Night Game Day.  A pair of red zone TOs made the final a bit closer than what the game actual was.  For, Notre Dame won the yardage battle 467-295.  Overcoming multiple injuries to start the season, the Fighting Irish have emerged with a 200 Club offense to become a viable National Title contender.  With games remaining against Wake Forest and Boston College in the next 2 weeks, before a visit to Stanford, it makes this game a major priority against Pitt.  A serious question that must be asked is whether the Fighting Irish have enough emotional reserve after last Saturday night’s draining battle.


The going may not be easy against the defensive front of the Pitt Panthers.  This is a team coached by former Michigan St. DC Narduzzi, who has had great recent success against the Fighting Irish.  The Spartans, under Narduzzi, routinely held the Irish to under 300 yards.  It is on the defensive side of the ball where Narduzzi has made his mark with Pitt.  The Panthers allow just 22 PPG and 326 YPG, as they approach Super D status.   Though the Panthers are just 3-5 ATS this season, they are only (-2) net AFP.  Yet, because of Notre Dame’s rise in the national rankings, this line is a full TD more than where it would have been opening week.  If Notre Dame thought they had a battle with Temple last week, they can expect this to be even tougher against a Pitt Panther team, who is the best in years. 


Betting Analysis
There is tremendous value in this line.  As a result, you can comfortably line up with the college football odds in your favor on this quality home dog.  I invite you to join me in my college football pick of the Pittsburgh Panther as my Feline Feature of the Week, as they roar their way to victory against the nationally ranked Fighting Irish.

College Football Picks: Pittsburgh +9 at Bovada

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