College football pick Miami-Florida at Pittsburgh 9-23-10

September 23, 2010


Miami Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Panthers

Thursday September 23rd 2010 7:30 EST

Line: Miami-Florida -4

Both Miami and Pittsburgh suffered tough road losses earlier in the season. Pitt lost to Utah in overtime, the Hurricanes lost to the Ohio Buckeyes. Much has been made about the home field advantage Pitt is going to feed off of, but it is too early to say the U struggles on the road.

Jacory Harris is a gifted athlete. Without Harris, the Hurricanes look like a completely different team. Yes, he put up 442 yards and 4 touchdowns in the air. What makes him unique, however is his athletic ability and his leadership. The ability to make plays when plays need to be made and the faith his team has in him drive the University of Miami’s offense. The numbers have not been staggering against thus far, but they battled against an Ohio State team that is poised to go on a national championship run. Jacory Harris will need to harness his big arm and limit the amount of risks he takes down the field in order to give his team the best chance to win.

Pittsburgh is going to be in the fight of their lives. They will certainly try to get running backs Dion Lewis and Ray Graham going early. Miami’s defensive line is slightly banged up, and Pitt will look to attack them where they are most vulnerable. Pittsburgh will need to win the battle up front to remain competitive throughout this one. Miami is the clearly the more athletic team, while Pitt is more fundamentally sound. If Pitt can manage the clock and slow the game down they have a better shot at winning the ball game.

Pitt will benefit from forcing Jacory Harris to do too much. Being creative and limiting his athletic ability is going to be key for the Panther defense. Not only is it crucial for the Pitt “D” to blitz and blitz often, they need to make sure they run packages that keep him inside the pocket. Flushing Harris outside of the pocket could backfire, leading to huge plays on the ground and in the air. The inability to improvise will cripple Harris.

This one is going to be a close one. Both teams have played well up this point, but I think Miami will be able to be slow down the Pitt run game enough to come away with a win. Pitt needs more than a home field advantage to hold off the Hurricanes.

Free College Football Pick- Miami -4

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