Commencing with his arrival in 2012 Dana Holgorsen was celebrated as the savior of West Virginia football. Yet the results have been mixed at best with no significant improvement. Overall Holgorsen is 53-37 at West Virginia. And has posted just one double digit win season. Further the Mountaineers have struggled with the college football betting odds in bowl games. Of great concern is their post season record of 1-4. Balanced against this is the arrival of Jeremy Pruitt as new coach of Tennessee. After wallowing in mediocrity for over a decade UT is desperate to win.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
College Football Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|West Virginia||-10 (-110)||61½ (-110)|
|Tennessee U||+10 (-110)||61½ (-110)|
Volunteers vs. Mountaineers TV Coverage: CBS
Extending Tennessee’ misery is that they have not won ten or more games since 2017. Furthermore, they have had six losing seasons since then. Namely poor leadership both administratively and with coaching has contributed to this misery. Jeremy Pruitt was defensive coordinator at Alabama. Likewise, with Kirby Smart at Georgia he is expected to use the Roll Tide model for success. A clear difference is that he lacks Alabama level talent. Granted, he’ll be given time to recruit to that level. But for now, it’s a pipedream. Pruitt will use this season to toughen up the culture.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Holgorsen and the Mounties are tabbed to be a Big 12 Conference dark horse. So too are they expected to field one of the most prolific offenses in the land. Due to this offense more than a few see West Virginia as a possible top 20 team. Balanced against that is an unproven defense with seven new starters. By reason of weak defenses has Holgorsen not been able to break through while at Morgantown.
Names to Consider
Certainly, quarterback Will Grier will light up the scoreboard. All America wideout David Sills will lend a helping hand. In a similar fashion left tackle Yodny Cajuste passed up the NFL for one more shot at a Big 12 title. Admittedly even the Mounties themselves admit concern about their defense. In like manner West Virginia will have to outscore opponents most of the time.
Team vs. Team
Tennessee has dropped four of their last five with the college football betting odds as underdogs. At the same time five of their last eight as dogs went over the total. Additionally the Vols have dropped nine of their last 12 as double-digit dogs. And three of their last five in that role went over the total. By contrast West Virginia has paid in five of their last seven as chalks between 10 to 20 points. Six of their last seven in that situation went under the total. Subsequently Holgorsen’s team is 7-6 vs. the line as sportsbook online chalks recently.
Matchup to Watch
Although it is true that West Virginia lacks reliable defense Tennessee is unlikely to capitalize. Following that is the Mounties offense is a clear matchup edge with the college football betting odds. Most important of all Tennessee will not be able to keep up with the track meet. On the contrary they have nowhere near the offensive fire power.
Volunteers vs. Mountaineers Betting Odds Picks
To conclude West Virginia should easily outscore Tennessee for an easy win.
College Football Betting Online Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers
College Football Betting Online Score Prediction: West Virginia 42, Tennessee 17
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