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Beating the Odds: Pitt favored against Old Dominion

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Took a while to find some odds for Pitt's game this week against Old Dominion. After all, there were the injuries to Devin Street and James Conner to consider. Pitt is also playing a program that isn't playing a full FBS schedule this season as they make their transition from the FCS.

But alas, the Sporting News' Linemakers site stepped right up and declared Pitt has a 17 1/2 point favorite earlier this week.

That's probably about where the line should be, but I wouldn't be particularly surprised to see it fall or to see Pitt not cover. As I mentioned Street and Conner, the team's leading receiver and running back, respectively, are banged up. The offensive line shouldn't have as much trouble against ODU as they did against Virginia Tech, but they have a lot to prove. And the Monarchs also have a very good offense as I covered in the preview earlier this week - they put up 201 (yes, really, 201) points against Albany, Howard, and The Citadel.

Pitt's offense hasn't been half bad at times season, either, so a Panthers blowout shouldn't be out of the question, though.

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