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Against the Odds: Pitt heavy favorites against Syracuse

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Pitt was a heavy favorite against Duke last week and the Panthers responded by easily covering an already lopsided spread, winning by 42 points. The Panthers are again big favorites this week against Syracuse.

Facing the Orange on Saturday, the line for the game opened at around 23 1/2 points in Pitt's favor and has even expanded by another point with it now up at 24 1/2.

The Panthers should win this one if they show up. They have the game at home and Syracuse is expected to again be without starting quarterback Eric Dungey who has been out with an injury. Pitt is also on a roll, having won their last two games against Clemson and Duke.

Additional motivation probably isn't needed, but it will also be Senior Day for those graduating as they will be playing their last home game. Junior running back James Conner could also be heading to the NFL Draft and leaving as well, so this could be his last home game, too.

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