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South Florida vs Pittsburgh Line 2011 NCAAF Week 5

by Matt Foust on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

South Florida vs Pittsburgh Line 2011 NCAAF Week 5: Big East leader South Florida takes on conference rival Pittsburgh tomorrow night at Heinz Field in the Keystone State. The undefeated Bulls, which are ranked No. 16 in the AP Poll, and the 2-2 Panthers are scheduled to kick things off at 8:00pm ET on ESPN. College football odds makers are favoring USF at -2.5 points against the spread; the game total is set at 51.5 points. Before making your College Football Picks on tomorrow's game, make sure to get the latest South Florida vs Pittsburgh Line.  

South Florida ran its record to 4-0 last Saturday with a 52-24 thrashing of the UTEP Miners. The Bulls managed 25 first South Florida vs Pittsburgh Line 2011downs and 575 yards, 373 of which came on the ground, in the dominating performance.

Quarterback B.J. Daniels continued his red hot play, completing 15-of-24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 130 yards and one score on 15 carries. Daniels, who has thrown eight touchdowns to one interception this season, ranks 27th in the nation in pass yards per game (267.8) and 20th in passer rating at 158.36. 

In last season's meeting with Pittsburgh, a 17-10 USF loss at Raymond James Stadium, Daniels threw for 132 yards and one pick while the Panthers limited the Bulls to 285 yards of total offense.

Pittsburgh, which has won its last three meetings with South Florida, saw its record fall to 2-2 over the weekend with its second straight heartbreaking loss. The Panthers, just a week removed from blowing a 17 point fourth quarter lead at Iowa, lost 15-12 to Notre Dame at home. Pittsburgh recorded just 19 first downs and 268 total yards, but still held a 12-7 lead mid-way through the final frame.   

Running back Ray Graham nearly helped Pitt pull out the win with a 21 carry, 89 yard rushing effort. Graham, who ranks seventh in the nation in rush yards (508), also caught eight passes for 43 yards in the loss.

Pittsburgh may be down a bit after two tough losses, but it seems the wrong team is favored here. The Panthers should hold a confidence edge over the Bulls, having beat them three straight times, and they have played the more difficult schedule as well. Yes, the Bulls beat the Irish in South Bend to open the season, but Notre Dame turned the ball over five times in that game. Expect Pitt to bounce back tomorrow and end its losing skid at two.

South Florida vs Pittsburgh Line 2011: Provided by JustBet.cx

South Florida Bulls -2.5 (-115), Over 51.5 (-110), -140 (Moneyline)

Pittsburgh Panthers +2.5 (-105), Under 51.5 (-110), +120 (Moneyline)

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