Earlier today the USA Today Coaches (SID, secretary, or assistants) Poll was released today. The one thing that stood out to me was Pitt being ranked 15th; now I am not saying Pitt is undeserving at that spot, but when the Vegas odds makers who originally had Utah as a 1.5 favorite last week but now it is up to three points for Utah they must no something.
Vegas does not care about the rankings, but they want to provide action for both sides, so to see Utah ranked lower in the initial poll, but to see the Utes favored over Pitt is intriguing. It could be because Utah has to replace All-American offensive lineman Zane Beadles who was one of six Utes taken in the NFL draft, a defense that has to replace nearly the entire front seven, and the loss of their top wide outs.
Looking at Pitt they have the nations leader rusher and Heisman candidate in Dion Lewis, but they are breaking in a new quarterback, and lost star defensive end Jabaal Sheard for one game because of arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following an alleged altercation three weeks ago. He also allegedly threw his victim through a glass window.
A player missing one game does not correlate for the preseason top 25 rankings, but instead of looking at the rankings only to determine who is better make sure to reference the Vegas lines since their main goal is making money and not in who wins.