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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Boone Pickens Stadium)

The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -6 -- Over/Under: 59 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

Over at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater on Saturday, September 17, the Pittsburgh Panthers will visit the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Week 3 college football action. 

The Panthers come in to this one with a 2-0 record following a 28-7 win over Villanova in the opener and a 42-39 heart attack over Penn State in Week 2. In that game, Pittsburgh stymied a Penn State rally in the fourth quarter when Ryan Lewis picked off QB Trace McSorley in the end zone with a little more than a minute to play. Panthers QB Nathan Peterman had an efficient day with 11-of-15 passing for 91 yards and three touchdowns. James Conner held down the running game with 22 carries for 117 yards and one score of his own. Quadree Henderson would lead the way in receiving with three grabs for 47 yards. On the season so far for Pittsburgh, Peterman holds a 30-of-47 line for 266 yards and five touchdowns. Conner has rushed 39 times for 170 yards, and Scott Orndoff leads the Panthers in receiving with nine receptions for 83 yards and one touchdown. 

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Cowboys, they come into this game with a 1-1 record, following a huge 61-7 blowout over Southeastern Louisiana in Week 1 and a 30-27 loss to Central Michigan in Week 2. That game ended in a wild Hail Mary and lateral play that came off an officiating mistake on the previous down, which allowed Central Michigan to score and stun the Cowboys. Oklahoma State spent the next few days trying to challenge the ruling, but to no avail. The outcome spoiled a solid performance from QB Mason Rudolph, who finished with 286 yards on 27-of-43 passing for two touchdowns and one interception. That gives Rudolph 477 yards and four scores on the season. Leading the Cowboys in receiving is Jalen McCleskey, who holds 15 catches for 130 yards and one score. 

The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Big 12, and 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games. Pittsburgh is also 2-6 ATS in their last eight September games, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. 

Meanwhile, the Cowboys are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games on fieldturf. Oklahoma State is also 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall, and 0-4 ATS against a team with a winning record. 

This one’s tough, as Oklahoma State should have won last week and the Panthers probably should have lost. That said, I think the Cowboys have more than enough offense to get the job done here, and I doubt Pittsburgh will be able to keep pace. Give me Oklahoma State to cover.

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Oklahoma State Cowboys -6

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