Could Pitt Go from Unranked to Top 10 in Polls?

Could Pitt Go from Unranked to Top 10 in Polls?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Every college football season, there always are a few programs that rise above preseason prognostications.

This year, PA betting sites could discover that one of those programs could be the University of Pittsburgh.

Following Monday’s release of the 2023 preseason Top 25 AP poll, constructed hypothetical odds on which unranked team is most likely to finish the season in the top 10.

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Odds to Finish in AP Top 10

Here are the hypothetical odds crafted by, your source for  PA sportsbook promo codes.

Team Odds % Chance
Pitt  +550 15.4%
Illinois +650 13.3%
Kentucky +700 12.5%
Texas Tech +800 11.1%
Arkansas +850 10.5%
Other -150 60%


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Pittsburgh topped the list at +550 (15.4% chance) over Illinois (+650, 13.3%), but the favorite is Other. Other teams not on the list is at -150 (60%).

Although the Panthers did not make the initial top 25, they did receive 16 votes in the poll, behind Texas Tech, South Carolina, UCLA, UTSA, Arkansas and Boise State and ahead of Kentucky, Troy, Louisville, Auburn, Minnesota, Duke, Toledo, Mississippi State, Florida, Baylor, Illinois, Coastal Carolina, NC State, South Alabama, James Madison and Liberty.

In this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll released on Aug. 1, Pitt finished in a tie for sixth with Duke, each garnering 1,511 points. Clemson, last year's ACC champion, topped the poll with 2,370 points with 103 first-place votes. Florida State finished second with 2,304 points and 67 first-place votes.

Pittsburgh (9-4, 5-3) finished second in the ACC Coastal Division last season, one game behind division winner North Carolina. The Panthers won a wild Sun Bowl, 37-35, over UCLA, to finish the season ranked at No. 22. It marked the first time since 1979-83 that Pitt earned Top 25 finishes in consecutive years, finishing No. 13 in 2021 after 11 wins and its first outright ACC title.

Pitt hosts Wofford in its season opener at Sept. 2 (ACC Network, 3:30 p.m.).

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BetMGM Sportsbook Future Odds

Here are BetMGM Sportsbook PA’s future odds on Pittsburgh as of Aug. 17:

  • To win national championship: +50000
  • To win ACC: +2500 (7th favorite)
  • Over/Under 7 Regular Season Wins: Over (-125), Under (+105)

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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