Friday, October 5
7:05 ET

Both teams are coming off bye weeks. After a very slow start, Pittsburgh has been playing well and trending up after a breakout 35-17 win over VaTech, and then hammering cupcake Gardner-Webb 55-7. In both those games, QB
Sunseri and RB Graham both looked like the impact players everyone expected them to be at the beginning of the season. On the other hand, after starting their season in competitive losses to Northwestern and USC, Syracuse has been trending down in their last few games with a 28-17 win over Stony Brook and a 10-17 loss
at Minnesota. Senior QB Nassib looked good against Stony Brook, but the 'Cuse still had to rally in the second half to get the victory. He didn't fare so well against Minnesota, throwing two picks, and Syracuse didn't score a TD until less than one minute left in the game. The Gophers were able to shut down the Orange, and utilize ball control to win that game. I expect Pittsburgh to do the same here. The line is in favor of Syracuse by 1.5 points. However, in their last nine games, Syracuse is 1-8 against the spread, with their only cover coming against an overrated USC (+24.5) team traveling across the country earlier this year. I have to ride the hot hand with Sunseri and Pittsburgh in this one, even though they are playing on the road. Take Pitt +1.5--one unit.

See all of this weeks picks at The Pick List.

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