With the Pittsburgh Panthers looking mostly awful through two games and eighth-ranked Oklahoma State looking mostly fantastic over the same two-game start, it’s no wonder the Cowboys are favored to beat Pittsburgh despite being on the road during College Football Week 3.
The big question betting fans need answered on this Week 3 matchup is whether or not the Panthers can cover the spread as nearly two-touchdown home underdogs. Let’s find out the answer to that question right now.
College Football Week 3 Odds on Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh
When: Friday, September 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Week 3 Odds: Pittsburgh +13.5 / Total: OFF
Why Bet the Oklahoma State Cowboys Odds at -13.5?
The Cowboys remained unbeaten by smacking South Alabama all over the place in their 44-7 Week 2 blowout victory while covering the college football betting line as a a huge, 28-point road favorite in the process.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has played like a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate this season and was impressive against the Jaguars by completing 25 of 38 passes for 335 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the win.
In addition, Rudolph now holds the FBS’ longest active streak without an interception. The 6-5 senior has not been not picked off on his past 185 pass attempts. Rudolph last tossed an interception against Kansas State last season and has not been picked off in five consecutive games.
In addition to that, Rudolph also became the Cowboys’ all-time leading passer in the win, passing Brandon Weeden’s mark of 9,260 yards late in the second quarter and finishing the night with 9,352 yards.
“That’s not even one of the goals on my goal sheet,” Rudolph said about the record. “Getting the Big 12 title is the ultimate goal, and it’s going to take a lot more of these performances to get there.”
Defensively, the Cowboys limited the Jaguars to just 1-for-10 on third downs. For the season, Rudolph, who also added a rushing score against South Alabama, has thrown for 638 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions and clearly has name in the Heisman mix heading into Week 3.
- Offensive total yards 572.50
- Current Offensive rush yards 247.50
- Offensive passing yards 325.00
- Average Score For 51.50
- Defensive total yards 303.50
- Current Defensive rush yards 142.50
- Defensive passing yards 161.00
- Average Score Against 15.50
Why Bet the Pittsburgh Panthers Odds at +13.5?
Not only did Pittsburgh Panthers get overpowered in their 33-14 Week 2 loss to Penn State, but they had to endure some trash-talking from Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin afterward.
“Last year for their win it was like the Super Bowl, but for us this was just like beating Akron,” Franklin said after the game.
Furthermore, Pittsburgh saw starting quarterback and USC transfer Max Browne have a bad game by completing just 19 of 32 passes for 138 yards with no touchdowns and two interception. In addition to getting smacked around by Penn State in Week 2, the Panthers also looked mostly dreadful in their Week 1 overtime win against FCS-based Youngstown State. Thus, the Panthers have allowed eight sacks through two weeks. The longest reception by a receiver through eight-plus quarters is just 22 yards.
“We’ve given up too many sacks, period, so something has got to change there,” Narduzzi said.
Defensively, the Panthers allowed Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley to throw three touchdown passes in the loss.
- Offensive total yards 345.00
- Current Offensive rush yards 181.50
- Offensive passing yards 163.50
- Average Score For 21.00
- Defensive total yards 365.00
- Current Defensive rush yards 127.50
- Defensive passing yards 237.50
- Average Score Against 27.00
Expert Analysis and College Football Week 3 Prediction
While Oklahoma State hasn’t exactly played a pair of powerhouses to start the season, but they’ve looked fantastic in putting 59 points on the board against Tulsa in Week 1 and 44 on South Alabama last Saturday. Conversely, there’s nothing about Pittsburgh’s play that suggests they’ll even remotely offer the Cowboys any resistance.
On the other hand, Oklahoma State has posted a perfect 4-0 ATS mark in their last four non-conference games and a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last six road games. Hence, while Pittsburgh has gone 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, the Panthers are also just 1-4-1 ATS in the last six games in the month of September and a discouraging 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games.
In addition, Pittsburgh has looked almost completely incompetent this season and I think the Panthers are in for a nearly identical loss to the 19-point defeat that Penn State handed them in Week 2. Oklahoma State wins and covers as Mason Rudolph stars again.
College Football Week 3 Pick: Oklahoma State -13.5