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Lyke talks football scheduling, gambling and campus returns

Pitt Chancellor Pat Gallagher and Athletic Director Heather Lyke stand on the field before the game. (Photo by Wenhao Wu / Assistant Visual Editor)

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 24, 2020

Athletic Director Heather Lyke said she is not encouraged by the way the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation is progressing. As cases continue to rise across the country — particularly in Pitt’s home of Allegheny County — she offered a pessimistic, yet not definitive answer to what she called “the million dollar question” — will college football be played in 2020?

What are the Odds: Scouring a barren gambling landscape

Following the cancellation of most sports, and thus sports betting, allows you to place bets on meteorologists’ high or low temperature predictions.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

If you find yourself desperately looking to scratch the itch, here are a few options that might satisfy your gambling urges.

Opinion | Legalized sports betting is a horrible idea

Opinion | Legalized sports betting is a horrible idea

By Ethan Tessler, Staff Columnist

February 26, 2020

The full legalization of sports betting will prey on individuals susceptible to the adrenaline rush and fast money associated with the act.

What are the Odds: Super Bowl LIV

A visibly moved Demi Lovato belts

By Michael Elesinmogun, Staff Writer

January 31, 2020

For gamblers, the Super Bowl offers the chance to make some of the oddest and most interesting prop bets an event can offer.

What are the Odds: Giving thanks to the Gophers, Rainbow Warriors

AJ Dillon (2) ran for 178 yards and one touchdown in Boston College's win over Pitt.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

November 22, 2019

Senior staff writer and resident TPN degenerate Ben Bobeck is thankful for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors over this pre-Thanksgiving weekend — and not just because of their unique mascots.

What are the Odds: Backyard Brawl headlines loaded weekend

Nate Stanley (4) of the Iowa Hawkeyes warms up before a game against the Northwestern Wildcats.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

Senior staff writer Ben Bobeck likes the under on Pitt and West Virginia's Friday-night basketball game, and is also picking the Minnesota Golden Gophers to come through big again.

What are the Odds: CFB 150 Edition

Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) throws against Purdue.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

Senior staff writer Ben Bobeck is celebrating 150 years of college football — and a fourth straight week of successful picks — by winning four more prospective bets this week.

What are the Odds: Don’t shy away Fromm the under

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) is 2-0 vs. Florida as a starter, with only one sack and one turnover.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

After hitting on a three-team NBA parlay last week, senior staff writer and resident degenerate Ben Bobeck is now over .500 on the betting season — and ready to continue his hot streak.

What are the Odds: Avenging last week’s picks

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) looks to throw a pass against Mississippi State at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, on Sept. 28.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

October 3, 2019

With an enticing slate of college football and NFL games this weekend, senior staff writer Ben Bobeck gives his best bets.

What are the odds: Pittsburgh will come out on top

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) goes over the top against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 8, 2017, at Heinz Field.

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018

Another week is over which means it’s time to start placing your bets on weekend sports. It looks likely both Pittsburgh football teams will come back with victories.

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