Pittsburgh vs. Connecticut may not be the greatest game to average college football fans, but with an open stage on Friday night, it will be your best sporting option if you're a football fan.
The Panthers are coming off a heartbreaking loss at Notre Dame, a game that Pittsburgh should have won. Connecticut hasn't won a game since Sept. 29.
With one conference win between the two, let's take a look at this matchup.
When: Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn.
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: 43.5. Spread: Connecticut (+3.5)
With two offenses that aren't supremely talented, taking under with the points is the correct call here. Connecticut is averaging just 16.6 points per game, and Pittsburgh is averaging just 11.5 points per game on the road in Big East play.
Expect a low-scoring contest with Connecticut covering the spread.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Jack Lippert, DL, day-to-day
Dan Mason, LB, out for season
Ryan Schlieper, OL, out for season
Manny Williams, LB, out for season
Juantez Hollins, OL, out for season (suspension)
Elijah Norris, DE, out for season
Adam Masters, OT, out for season
Jesse Joseph, DE, out for season
Ted Jennings, DE, out for season
Sean McQuillan, TE, out for season
BCS and Top 25 Implications
Connecticut and Pittsburgh will be lucky to finish .500 this year.
Pittsburgh Player to Watch: Tino Sunseri, QB
Tino Sunseri has been average at best through his first three years, but he has played much better in his senior campaign. He has shown great signs of improvement this year while passing for 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
Sunseri hasn't thrown an interception since Sept. 15 against Virginia Tech.
Connecticut Player to Watch: Geremy Davis, WR
Averaging 15.2 yards per catch, Geremy Davis presents one of the few threats in the Huskies offensive attack. He has only recorded 36 receptions and one touchdown this season, but he has proved to be a guy who can make things happen when he touches the ball.
Quarterback Chandler Whitmer has really struggled to find his consistency this season. With seven touchdowns and 13 interceptions, Whitmer has recorded only three games with more touchdowns than interceptions.
That has made it difficult for Davis to be a factor.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 20, Connecticut 17
Both teams simply aren't very good. They both struggle offensively, but Pittsburgh's rushing attack will ultimately be the difference-maker.
Ray Graham and Rushel Shell are one of the better running back tandems in the Big East. They will lead the Panthers to a narrow victory.