Pittsburgh vs. UCLA Sun Bowl Betting Odds

Pittsburgh Panthers College Football Betting

Pittsburgh Panthers College Football Betting

At the onset of 2022, it was understood that the Pitt Panthers would be challenged to match their 2021 ACC championship campaign. Indeed, it proved too much for Pitt to repeat as the ACC champion. The Panthers suffered through an inconsistent campaign and were never serious ACC title contenders. Still, Pitt has qualified for a decent bowl berth. Head coach Pat Narduzzi has proven to be a good fit and has improved the level of Pitt’s program. But whether or not Pitt can become a seriously consistent ACC contender remains to be seen.  The UCLA Bruins will face Pitt in the Sun Bowl. Pitt is in a similar situation to Pitt with its program.

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Pittsburgh Panthers +6.5

UCLA Bruins -6.5

Total 59

Pittsburgh Panthers Weekly Matchup

On Friday, December 30, 2022, the Pitt Panthers of the Atlantic Coast Conference will face the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Kickoff time is 2 p.m. ET, with television coverage on CBS.

Both teams have equal branding and standing in the eyes of the betting public. Both programs had their moments in 2022 but fell short when it mattered most. Thus, gamblers can expect an honest line with minimal public influence.

Last game, the UCLA Bruins won 35-28 against the Cal Bears as 11-point road favorites. The game went under the total of 63.5. UCLA has a record of 9-3 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 8-4 over/under the total. UCLA ranks 3rd for total offense, 39th for passing, 4th for rushing and 10th for scoring. Defensively they rank 88th overall, 120th against the pass, 32nd against the rush, and 85th for points allowed. Also, UCLA ranks 63rd for fewest turnovers lost and 66th for takeaways.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to rally UCLA from an 11-point deficit. The Bruins finished with 541 yards of offense, including 352 on the ground, and rebounded from a narrow defeat to USC the previous week, eliminating them from league title contention.

Thompson-Robinson passed for 189 yards and gained another 88 on the ground. Zach Charbonnet rushed for 119 yards and a score, and he converted a fourth-and-2 run in Cal territory late in the game that chewed up valuable time. TJ Harden added 89 yards rushing on 12 carries for the Bruins. Thompson-Robinson could improvise when plays broke down that keyed UCLA's surge after it fell behind 21-10 late in the second quarter.

Pittsburgh Panthers Weekly Recap

Last game, the Pitt Panthers won 42-16 against the Miami Hurricanes as 4.5-point road favorites. The game went over the total of 43.5. Pitt has a record of 8-4 straight up, 5-7 against the spread, and 9-3 over/under the total. Pitt ranks 59th for total offense, 81st for passing, 46th for rushing and 50th for scoring. Defensively they rank 19th overall, 67th against the pass, 7th against the rush, and 44th for points allowed. Also, Pitt ranks 99th for fewest turnovers lost and 67th for takeaways.

Kedon Slovis threw three touchdown passes, all to Jared Wayne, and Israel Abanikanda rushed for two touchdowns as Pitt rolled past Miami. Abanikanda now has 20 touchdown runs this season and finished with 111 yards on the ground, his sixth consecutive 100-yard game for the Panthers. Wayne had first-half TD catches for 26, and 66 yards as Pitt took a 28-0 lead into the break, then caught a 7-yarder late in the third. It was Pitt's biggest win ever over Miami; the previous was a 17-point victory in 1976 - a year when the Panthers won the national title.

2022 Pittsburgh Panthers Schedule

Sep 1 vs. West Virginia W 38-31 1-0
Sep 10 vs. Tennessee L 27-34 1-1
Sep 17 at Western Michigan W 34-13 2-1
Sep 24 vs. Rhode Island W 45-24 3-1
Oct 1 vs. Georgia Tech L 21-26 3-2
Oct 8 vs. Virginia Tech W 45-29 4-2
Oct 15 OFF
Oct 22 at Louisville L 10-24 4-3
Oct 29 at North Carolina L 24-42 4-4
Nov 5 vs. Syracuse W 19-9 5-4
Nov 12 at Virginia W 37-7 6-4
Nov 19 vs. Duke W 28-26 7-4
Nov 26 at Miami-FL W 42-16 8-4
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