NCAA Football Odds: Thursday South Florida @ Pittsburgh Picks

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Big East betting action continues on Thursday night with two teams that think they are going to continue for the BCS. The South Florida Bulls will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Year To Date Record: 25-20 ATS

Upset Record: 5-8 +$185

Week 5 College Football Matchup: South Florida Bulls @ Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Thursday, September 29th, 8:00 ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
College Football Lines: South Florida -2.5
Over/Under 51.5
Week 5 College Football TV Schedule: ESPN

This one should be easy, right? The Bulls beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish up in Week 1 on the road. The Panthers were just beaten at home by that same Notre Dame team. So, theoretically, USF should just be able to stomp U-Pitt, right?

We’re just not all that sure. Pittsburgh hasn’t beaten anybody this year, but it hasn’t been beaten by terrible competition either. A narrow home loss last week against Notre Dame wasn’t the end of the world, especially knowing that the Irish are a significantly different team with QB Tommy Rees under center instead of QB Dayne Crist, who took the reins in Week 1 against the Bulls. And before that, a narrow loss at the Iowa Hawkeyes came only after an epic collapse.

Plus, who has USF really played? We’ve already mentioned that the Irish are a significantly different looking team now than they were in Week 1, and the rest of this schedule has been paper thin. Sure, Head Coach Skip Holtz has this program going in the right direction, but it’s not there yet. There’s no way that QB BJ Daniels is going to be averaging over 250 passing yards per game, nor will he end up with anywhere near an 8/1 TD/INT ratio at season’s end. The schedule is just starting to get difficult for the Bulls. Pittsburgh will prove that on Thursday night.

Week 5 NCAA Football Pick: Pittsburgh +2.5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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