Pittsburgh at West Virginia -6.5 O/U 57
The Backyard Brawl always brings back fond memories, as we cashed our biggest outright underdog winner ever in 2007 when Pittsburgh (+29) went to Morgantown and beat No. 2 West Virginia, 13-9. We had a top play 20* Big Drive play on the side and also cashed the under as West Virginia blew its chance to play in the BCS Championship. Last year the Panthers were pounded in Pittsburgh in a 35-10 West Virginia win. The Big East is balanced this year with no team showing superior strength. These are the league’s top two scoring teams and West Virginia is the Big East’s strongest offense averaging 462 ypg in conference play including 361 passing ypg. But Pitt can run the ball and clock with 183 rushing ypg against Big East foes and have the league’s No. 2 pass defense to try and slow what the Mountaineers do best. Two first-year coaches lead their teams in the final edition of the Backyard Brawl, and Pittsburgh sports a 9-0 ATS mark as road underdogs with conference revenge. Bitter rivals
play another close contest.