Former Big East rivals Miami and Pittsburgh meet Thursday night on ESPN in what should be an extremely competitive game with extreme reprecussions for the loser. Both schools were expected to struggle due to the respective conference tournament, but each has endured a non-conference loss meaning that the goes Thursday night falls to 12. The ancient gambling line has the seeing Hurricanes preferred by 3.5 points.
This is going to be maxbet first time these two schools have played since Miami left the Big East in 2004. The Canes won that before meeting 28-14 as a threepoint road popular on the betting line at Heinz Field to their eighth consecutive victory on the Panthers and 14 th and 15 tries.
There is a coaching connection here since Pitt H C Wannstedt served as defensive coordinator at Coral Gables under Jimmy Johnson from 1986-88. Miami H C Shannon was a starting LB on the 1987 team.
Back to this past year, both squads had hoped to come into this match unbeaten. Miami’s loss was excusable because it came playing at #2 Ohio State twelve days ago. “The U” failed to insure as 8.5-point under-dogs from the 36-24 conquer. Said Shannon,”Ohio State can be still a fantastic football team, a excellent football team, but we made many mistakes we didn’t give ourselves a chance.”
Those mistakes Shannon talked of comprised eight penalties and 4 interceptions thrown by QB Jacory Harris. Miami has become a terrible college football pick ()under their present head coach – at Virginia Tech (double ), Florida St, Oklahoma and Ohio State – they’ve been outscored by a whopping 188-61 margin whilst moving 0-5 ATS. Harris withdrew 17 INT’s past year, so that’s just another thing to keep your eye on.
Miami hasn’t played as the Ohio State loss and will likely be trying to return to back regular season losses to the first time since the last two matches of the 2008 season.
Pittsburgh suffered its defeat at the season , in addition on the road, in Utah. The one distinction is that they were more competitive in a 27-24 overtime loss, which did drop them out of the Top 25. Wanny and business rebounded with a win within an FCS opponent, New Hampshire, by a score of 38-16. Neither of those teams has conquered an FBS competition yet this season.
The Panthers may have larger issues than school soccer picks and a 110 SU album vs. non-conference, ranked opponents (since’96) as freshman tailback Jason Douglas (DUI) and book offensive lineman Keith Coleman (aggravated assault) have already been suspended indefinitely. Both players were detained, as was defensive end Jabaal Sheard in July for an off-campus struggle.