PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers rushes for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd during the game on September 1, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Pitt, West Virginia, and Penn State are all coming off wins and enter Week 4 of the season as home favorites.
Week 4 of the college football season is typically when conference schedules kick into gear, but three Pittsburgh-area teams will remain in the non-conference portion of their slate. West Virginia, Penn State, and Pitt are all coming off wins and will be at home as they host their out-of-conference foes. The Mountaineers are currently No. 8 in the country, posting two blowouts against overmatched opponents through the first three weeks of the season. They face Maryland this week, their first BCS opponent. But Dana Holgorsen's group is still a heavy favorite against the border rival, with the spread currently set at 27 points.
Both Penn State and Pitt notched their first wins of the season last Saturday. Both teams had a rough first two weeks but Paul Chryst and Bill O'Brien won in convincing fashion in Week 3. The Panthers upset a ranked Virginia Tech team, with Tino Sunseri and the running back duo of Ray Graham and Rushel Shell gashing the Hokies. Penn State overpowered Navy on both sides of the ball. Pitt should start a winning streak this week against FCS Gardner-Webb, while Penn State hosts in-state Temple and is more than a touchdown favorite against the Owls.
Maryland at West Virginia (Noon ET, FX)
Temple at Penn State (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2)
Gardner-Webb at Pittsburgh (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
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