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Louisville vs. Pittsburgh point spread: Panthers slight favorites over Cardinals

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For the first time in more than a month, it appears the Louisville football team will take the field as an underdog. The Cardinals opened as 1.5-point underdogs for Saturday's game at 7-3 Pittsburgh, a line which has since moved to -2.5 in the direction of the Panthers.

This will mark the fifth time this season that U of L has entered a game as an underdog. The Cards lost games to Clemson, Auburn and Florida State as dogs, but pulled a 20-13 upset at NC State on Oct. 3.

The game should serve as a solid measuring stick for a Louisville team that has won four straight games as a favorite. Pittsburgh is 7-3 after last Saturday's 31-13 thrashing of Duke, and at 5-1 in the ACC, still has a shot at winning the Coastal Division. The Panthers' only losses this season have been narrow defeats at the hands of the well-regarded trio of Notre Dame, North Carolina and Iowa.