How does Pitt follow up a trip to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame? By hosting the top team in the ACC at Acrisure Stadium.
Pitt has opened as a 22-point underdog against No. 4 Florida State, with a modest 47.5-point over/under set, and that feels rather kind to the Panthers.
Coming off the 58-7 loss to Notre Dame over the weekend, set as a 19-point underdog in the build-up to the game, Pitt is in perhaps its worst spot of the season. And it certainly won’t get any easier against the Seminoles.
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DraftKings has set Florida State as a 21.5-point favorite, with a bet against the spread holding -110 odds either. An over/under of 51.5 points also holds -110 odds either way.
FanDuel also views the Seminoles as a 21.5-point favorite, holding the same odds either way, and the over/under is just about the same at 50.5 points. A bet for Pitt to win outright holds +1100 odds.
Florida State is coming off a 41-16 win against Wake Forest, the same Demon Deacons squad that knocked Pitt off 21-17 two weeks ago, for reference, and the Seminoles appear poised to be included amongst the initial College Football Playoff teams in the first 2023 CFP ranking Tuesday.
The Seminoles have been nearly impossible to stop this season, leading the ACC in scoring offense on the back of star quarterback Jordan Travis — completing 164-of-207 pass attempts (79.2%) for 2,109 yards with 18 touchdowns and two interceptions and adding 57 carries for 205 yards and six more scores.
Florida State is 8-0, on pace to qualify for the Playoff, and it’s been fueled by a high-flying offense (41.5 points per game) that features elite playmakers in wide receivers Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson and running back Trey Benson.
But a stifling defense (18.3 points per game) features one of the most impactful edge rushers in college football in the form of Jared Verse.
Pitt has only faced off against FSU 10 times over the course of its history, losing an inaugural meeting 31-13 in Tallahassee, Fla. back in 1971. The Seminoles took the first two mashups (1971 and 1972), Pitt took the next two (1974 and 1978).
But after a handful of meetings in the 1980s, three of four going in favor of Pitt, there have only been two meetings since.
Pitt lost a renewal of the series in 2013 in Pittsburgh, and after another break — just seven years this time — Pitt rebounded to take the most recent meeting in 2020.
And funnily enough, Travis was one of three Seminoles to throw interceptions as Kenny Pickett led the Panthers to a 41-17 win at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. It will be much, much tougher facing Travis this time around.