Pittsburgh won the ACC last season. Remember that?
Before we explore 2022, one cannot simply gloss over the greatness of the Panthers in 2022. A program that hadn’t won more than eight games in 12 years finished the season with 11 wins.
Where this celebration starts to intersect with the future, however, is the losses a great team has to endure.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett is off to the NFL. Wideout Jordan Addison, last year’s Biletnikoff Award winner, is off to USC. The two most important cogs of the offense won’t be around for head coach Pat Narduzzi, and that will certainly have an impact.
But a new quarterback, Kedon Slovis, joins Pitt after flashing greatness for the USC Trojans. The offense has weapons. The defense, which returns a ton in the front seven, should once again apply a ton of pressure.
Winning the ACC for a second consecutive year won’t be easy, although the conference is far from a sure thing. If Slovis is as good as he’s shown in doses, it might not be out of reach.
Pittsburgh Odds 2022: National Championship & Win Total
All Pittsburgh NCAAF betting odds are current as of Tuesday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET at Caesars Sportsbook.
- Win National Championship: +10000
- Win Total: 8.5 (Over -120 / Under -110)
- Win ACC: +600
|Week 1||West Virginia|
|Week 3||@ Western Michigan|
|Week 4||Rhode Island|
|Week 5||Georgia Tech|
|Week 6||Virginia Tech|
|Week 7||@ Louisville|
|Week 8||@ North Carolina|
|Week 10||@ Virginia|
|Week 12||@ Miami|
Pittsburgh Key Games:
Pittsburgh vs Tennessee (9/10/2022)
- Pitt won last year’s game, 41-34
- Pitt’s 41-point output in 2021 was the first of seven 40-plus point scoring games
- The Panthers are 3-0 in the series all-time
Pittsburgh at Virginia (11/12/2022):
- Pitt won last year’s game, 48-38
- The Panthers are 9-4 in the series all-time
Pittsburgh at Miami (11/26/2022):
- Pitt lost last year’s game, 38-34
- Miami quarterback, Tyler Van Dyke, threw for 426 yards in the win
- The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 29-11
Pittsburgh Win Total Bet
Pittsburgh Over 8.5 Wins (-120) at Caesars
Wager: 1 Unit
The schedule is fascinating. Pitt has only one true road game through October 22, which is good news considering the opponents they have to face. With new faces on offense, a comfortable environment should help the Panthers out immensely.
That opening stretch, however, is hugely important. Out-of-conference games against West Virginia and Tennessee will have an enormous impact on futures betting out of the gate. Pitt is a touchdown favorite against the Mountaineers on Betway. The game against Tennessee will be close to a pick’em.
Two wins here, and the Over will be in tremendous shape.
Games at Virginia and Miami to close the year will be stiff tests, as well, although this Panthers team will likely be fully formed by then. If Slovis can stay healthy, the offense might not regress as much as many expect.
Another 11-win season feels unlikely. But nine wins? I’ll buy that.