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Pittsburgh vs. Connecticut: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 03:  Ray Graham #1 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs for a long gain against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on November 3, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Pittsburgh 29-26 in triple overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IINovember 6, 2012

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.

Watch: ESPN2

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)

 

Pittsburgh 

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) 

 

Connecticut

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. 

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