College football gambling expectations may also be higher for the Connecticut Huskies as they saved their NCAA football wagering season by beating West Virginia.
UConn will host Pittsburgh on Thursday Night on ESPN with a kickoff set for 7:50 PM ET. Sports-Gambling opened with Pittsburgh as a 6.5 point favorite.
The Connecticut Huskies are showing the form of 2009 when they stumbled out of the gate only to close strong and finish with a bowl win over South Carolina.
UConn has a record of 4-4 both straight up and with the college football odds and is coming off a 16-13 win over West Virginia on October 29 as they rallied for a 10-0 deficit thanks in large part to quarterback Zach Frazier, last year’s starter that lost his job in preseason only to later reclaim it.
Frazier passed for 18-29 and 166 yards and was a cool field general. Jordan Todman had 113 yards and a TD and the defense came up clutch. Todman has 954 yards and a 5.5 yards per carry average with 9 touchdowns to spark the Huskies attack. The improving defense ranks 38th for points allowed.
UConn is 1-2 in Big East play but a win in this one gets them right back in the race as the league is weak, balanced, and totally wide open.
Pittsburgh has a record of 5-3 straight up and 4-2-2 with the college football lines as 5 of their games have gone over the total. The Panthers are coming off a 20-3 home payout over Louisville on October 30 to improve to 3-0 in Big East action as they ran their winning streak to 3 games.
Pittsburgh has a rock solid defense that ranks 11th in the nation while the offense has shown modest improvement with sophomore quarterback Tino Sunseri, who has passed for a 66% completion rate with 1672 yards and a 12/4 TD/INT ratio. Ray Graham has been impressive with 685 yards and a 7.3 yards per carry average with 7 touchdowns.
UConn has paid out in 9 of their last 12 games versus teams with a winning record. The underdog has covered the last 4 college football gambling matchups in this head to head series.