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Early Betting Odds Project Modest Rebound for Pitt Panthers

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Some way-too-early betting odds predict that Pitt will rebound — slightly — in the 2024-25 season.

Circa Sports, DraftKings and FanDuel set a way-too-early 5.5 regular season win total for Pitt. DraftKings offers the best odds for hitting the over, +100, while Circa (+110) and FanDuel (+116) favor the under.

A 5-win regular season would secure a second consecutive missed bowl game, which would be the first occurrence since the Panthers missed three bowl games in a row from 2005-07.

DraftKings has set Pitt at +12000 odds to win the ACC, which is 13th best in the conference, while FanDuel has set the Panthers’ odds to win the ACC at +11000, tied for 12th best in the conference.

It’s safe to say that there aren’t high expectations for the Panthers in the 2024-25 season. DraftKings has set +80000 odds and FanDuel has set +100000 odds for the Panthers to win the national championship. There aren’t any Panthers with Heisman Trophy odds at this point in the offseason.

The only early game line for Pitt is the Backyard Brawl, scheduled for Sept. 14 at Acrisure Stadium, and West Virginia is favored by 4.5 points — with odds for either spread set at -110.

Pitt is coming off a 3-9 (2-6 ACC) season, the worst of the Pat Narduzzi era, and there’s not an easy fix. If the Panthers are able to get better quarterback play from Nate Yarnell (and maybe Eli Holstein), that’s a strong start. The offense returns a solid offensive line and returning starters at running back, wide receiver and tight end.

It may take a couple of seasons for Pitt to install new offensive coordinator Kade Bell’s offense, but if it’s able to hit the ground running, it will likely make the difference between being bowl eligibility and not.

Pitt has lost a lot of production on the defensive side of the football, either to the transfer portal or NFL Draft/graduation, but there are exciting young players all over the roster.

The defensive line is still a concern, as are the cornerbacks on the backend, but that’s primarily because of the youth and experience in both units.

Pitt will kick off the 2024-25 season on Aug. 31 at Acrisure Stadium, hosting Kent State for the eighth time in program history.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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8 days ago

They will win more than 5. I will bet that.

Rob
Rob
8 days ago

Good luck with that.

BooBooTheFool
BooBooTheFool
8 days ago

I think 5 games is fair for the odds(I’m hoping they can double that win total). This Pitt team is a mystery, no one knows what to expect, who the star players are, or how well they’ll perform in the new system.

NoFaultWalt
NoFaultWalt
8 days ago

2024 will be the start of another down cycle. We are recruiting now against MAC schools and cannot pull in legit talent to compete. Heather better be ready to pull the plug on this experiment after two seasons… can’t afford to do otherwise.

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