Opening College Football Betting Odds Don’t View Pitt Very Favorably in 2023
There are still four months until the 2023-24 college football season kicks off, but the powers that be at DraftKings and FanDuel aren’t high on Pitt’s chances once it does.
The early betting odds for the 2023-24 season feature Pitt as a middle-of-the-road ACC squad, languishing in mediocrity with the likes of Syracuse and Duke. And its ACC championship odds are even worse.
DraftKings has set Pitt’s win total in 2023 at 6.5, which is tied for sixth in the ACC with North Carolina State, Syracuse and Duke. Florida State (10), Clemson (9.5), North Carolina (8.5), Louisville (7.5) and Miami (7.5) all have higher projected win totals.
DraftKings has also set Pitt’s national title odds at +20000, tied with the likes of Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Louisville.
FanDuel has set its own ACC championship odds, and Pitt is seventh (+2300) behind Florida State (+165), Clemson (+190), North Carolina (+650), Louisville (+1100), North Carolina State (+1500) and Miami (+2200).
FanDuel has also set Pitt +25000 to win the national championship, tied with a number of teams that includes Missouri, Tulane, UCF, West Virginia, Purdue, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Maryland and Illinois.
FanDuel has set Phil Jurkovec with +15000 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, tied, funny enough, with new BYU quarterback Kedon Slovis.
But in one way-too-early regular season spread, FanDuel holds Pitt as one-point favorites over West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl on Sept. 16. Odds for or against are set at -110.
Pitt, of course, is coming off a 9-4 season, ranked in the final AP Poll for the second time in as many seasons, and while the roster sustained some major losses, there are plenty of reasons for optimism across all three phases of the team. Especially on the defensive side of the football.
If you feel like Pitt has better odds to win more than six games when the schedule features Wofford, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Florida State, Syracuse, Boston College and Duke, you likely won’t have better odds than now.
You can’t be an elite team without an elite QB. Pitt doesn’t have one right now on their roster. Decent QBs? Yes. Good QBs? Yes. But not elite.