|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAAFIt will be a showdown between Panthers and Bearcats when Pittsburgh travels to Cincinnati for this Big East matchup on Thursday night. Normally these species might meet in a jungle, but in this case we're talking football to be played in Cincy's Nippert Stadium starting at 8ET. You can take in all the action nationally on ESPN.
Pittsburgh (0-1) is coming into this one after suffering a stunning 31-17 loss to Youngstown State Saturday night. They never led during the game, scoring only 3 points in a 38 ½ minute stretch. Pitt QB Tino Sunseri performed adequately throwing for 239 yards and a touchdown but 2 turnovers helped spell doom for the Panthers on a soggy night in Pittsburgh. New Pitt head coach Paul Chryst looks for win number one vs. the Bearcats.
Cincinnati (0-0) should be well rested after receiving week number one off and an extra week to prepare for their season opener on Thursday. The Bearcats were 10-3 last year (5-2 in the Big East) and have at least shared the conference top spot in 3 of the last 4 years.
Pittsburgh is 7-1 ATS against Cincinnati, with their one miss coming in 2008 by 1 points. They are 14-7 ATS coming into Thusday's game, and 10-0 ATS as a road dog after losing a game. Cincinnati is only 3-10 ATS against Big East opponents, but are 7-3 ATS in their home openers.
In 2011, the Cats were favored by 3 ½ points over the Panthers, winning 26-23 but failing to cover. In 2010, Pittsburgh was favored by 1 point and won easily, 28-10.
Cincinnati is a 4 point home favorite from Bet Royal Sportsbook if you're willing to lay $110 to win $100. The underdog is 7-1 ATS in Bearcats tilts. Another wager of $110 will be required on the under/over of 49 points.