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Syracuse vs. Pitt: Panthers Open As 6.5-Point Favorites Over Orange

Two programs moving in opposite directions meet this weekend and Vegas acts accordingly.

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Two weeks ago, Vegas favored the lowly USF Bulls over the Syracuse Orange and we all laughed. Last week Vegas favored the one-win Virginia Cavaliers over the Orange and we scoffed. This week, we'll just agree to whatever Vegas says because they clearly now better than us.

The No. 25 Pittsburgh Panthers will be favored when they visit the Carrier Dome this Saturday to take on the Orange and Vegas has installed them as a 6.5-point favorite to start.

The Panthers are off to a great start at 5-1 and entered the AP Poll this week following a win over Georgia Tech. Their lone blemish is a close loss to No. 12 Iowa.

The Orange, meanwhile, have squandered their 3-0 start and now sit at 3-3 with the toughest stretch of the season about to begin. Wins will be tough to come by from here on out and this one looks much less likely than it did before the year started.

Syracuse vs. Pitt takes place at noon on Saturday and the game will be televised on ESPNU.