West Virginia is heavily favored in college football odds as they host South Florida on Thursday night.
Do you think that ESPN could have chosen a better game? On paper this game doesn’t appear too good in college football betting lines but there is one thing that ESPN has going for it and that is that West Virginia usually plays down to the level of their competition.
Three of Five – Even though West Virginia is almost always favored against South Florida they have lost three of the five games between the two teams. Last season in Tampa, West Virginia came apart at the seams and lost 30-19.
Mountaineers are Ranked – This is a shock but West Virginia is actually ranked in the Top 25. The voters must not realize that Bill Stewart is the head coach at West Virginia and that the Mountaineers haven’t played anyone.
No South Florida Offense – South Florida is 3-2 on the season although by looking at their offense you have to wonder how they have won three games. Their three wins were against Stony Brook, Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic. I guess that is how you win three games with no offense. The Bulls are 103rd in the country in passing offense. They can play defense though as they are 18th in the country in total defense and 12th in the country in passing defense.
West Virginia -11.5 – The Mountaineers are laying a lot of points in this game at Sbg global. The Bulls don’t have the best trends for this game but neither does West Virginia. South Florida is 2-5 against the college football betting lines in their last 7 conference games and they are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Mountaineers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite. The underdog in this series is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
Under the Total – This game really looks like an under against the college football odds. South Florida can’t score but their defense is good while West Virginia is unpredictable. Somehow the Bulls have gone over in four of their last five road games. In this series, four of the last five have gone under.