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Pitt vs. Syracuse picks and best bets for Week 13

The Pitt Panthers and Syracuse Orange meet to close out the ACC regular season.

NCAA Football: Virginia at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Panthers offensive coordinator Mark Whipple talks with quarterback Kenny Pickett on the sidelines against the Virginia Cavaliers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange typically do their best rivalry work on the hardwood, but this year has been a big one for the former on the gridiron. The Panthers are in the ACC title game again, while the Orange could be in the market for a new head coach. This is a chance for Pitt QB Kenny Pickett to put up more big numbers to keep himself in the Heisman conversation.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

Pitt: 9 overall, 10 offense, 20 defense
Syracuse: 65 overall, 70 offense, 45 defense

Injury update


WR Jaylon Barden - questionable (undisclosed)
WR Taysir Mack - questionable (arm)
DL Keyshon Camp -questionable (leg)
OL Jake Kradel - questionable (undisclosed)
WR Melquise Stovall - questionable (undisclosed)


FB Chris Elmore - questionable (leg)


Against The Spread

Pitt: 8-3 ATS
Syracuse: 8-3 ATS


Pitt: Over 8-3
Syracuse: Over 5-6

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Pitt: 33 overall, 34 offense, 35 defense
Syracuse: 59 overall, 49 offense, 63 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Pitt -12.5
Total: 58.5
Moneyline: Pitt -490, Syracuse +340

Opening line: Pitt -10.5
Opening total: 59.5


29 degrees, flurries, 35 percent chance of snow, SW wind 8 mph

The Pick

Pitt -12.5

This is going to be a game where weather plays a factor. The Panthers rely heavily on Pickett’s to operate their offense, and any inclement conditions could hinder them. However, Syracuse is truly in shambles this year. Pickett needs a huge game for his Heisman hopes; he’s going to make sure the Panthers win convincingly here.

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