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Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh College Football Picks

by Reno Gold on Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh College Football Picks: The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame will look to get back on a winnning track after week 10's home loss to Navy. The bad news for Irish nation is getting a win versus Pitt might be difficult. Dave Wannstedt's Panthers are ranked No. 8 with a 8-1 record and winners in five straight. Pitt will be looking for a win for the second consecutive year having won at Notre Dame Stadium in 2008. Pitt has won two of its last three games against Notre Dame with both victories occurring on the road. The Panthers are seeking their first home victory over the Irish since 1999.

College football picks oddsmakers at online sportsbook Bodog.com list the Panthers as 7-chalk favorites with a 58 total. Irish backers are getting +210 odds on the Bodog moneyline while Pitt is giving -250.

Current betting trends show Pitt the favorite of gamblers on the side bet (-7) but Notre Dame getting lots of love on the moneyline by 92%. Gamblers are laying money by 69% that the total goes OVER the posted 58.

Jimmy Clausen totaled 453 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Notre Dame in the loss to Navy. The Fighting Irish did not cover the 13-point spread, while the final score played UNDER the day's posted total of 55.5.

Greg Williams' 51-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first half got slow-starting Pittsburgh going, and they beat Syracuse 37-10 in Week 10. The Panthers covered the 21.5-point spread, while the final score played just UNDER the day's posted total of 49.5.

College Football Picks: The Irish are desperate for a win after losing to the Midshipmen last week. For the Irish to qualify for a BCS Bowl they must be ranked at least 14 in the BCS rankings and have no more than three losses. Notre Dame's chances are slim but they do have a chance. Today's game will be competitive and could come down to the final drive. Look for Notre Dame to cover as a 7-chalk underdog.

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