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Against the Odds: As expected, Pitt a heavy underdog to Penn State

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Pitt faces Penn State on Saturday and, as expected, the Panthers will enter the game as a big underdog.

The line opened with the Nittany Lions as 17 1/2-point favorites and, as of Monday, that number was only down slightly to 17.

Hard to argue with that number, really. As I wrote in the preview, the line was only about a touchdown or so last year and Pitt ended up on the wrong end of a 51-6 blowout. I don’t think things will be quite that bad again but that game proved that the idea of it being close simply because it’s a rivalry game sort of went out the window the past two years. Losing this game by an even bigger margin than 17 points is entirely possible.

If Pitt plays lights out on defense, I could see the margin being less than that. But, as we’ve seen, a lopsided score in this series is certainly not a reach, given the circumstances.

What do you think about this week’s line?

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What do you think of the line this week?

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  • 17%
    Penn State favored by too much
    (87 votes)
  • 47%
    Penn State not favored by enough
    (236 votes)
  • 35%
    Just about right
    (174 votes)
497 votes total Vote Now

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