Both teams, having come off of bye-weeks, will kickoff from Folsom Stadium in Boulder, Colorado at 8:30 ET; tune your HDTV’s to ESPN for National television coverage.
After one poor performance nearly two-weeks ago against #15 East Carolina, it seems as though the greater football audience is scratching their heads when trying to decide if the Mountaineers offense can succeed without its creator (current Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez).
Pat Stewart’s club was a 7.5-point favorite on September 6th, but the host Pirates robbed WVU, and sent the Old Gold and Blue back to Morgantown with a 24-3 loss; West Virginia was held without a touchdown for the first time since 2001, and college football betting fans banking on Pat White and company took the “L” both ATS and with the Over (47.5).
Oddly enough, as the Pac-10 felt the wrath of the AP rankings this week (Arizona State and Cal both dropped out of the Top-25), West Virginia climbed up four sports from 25th.
Perhaps the bye-week vote of confidence will be just what WVU needs; after all, the Mountaineers are 5-1 against the NCAA odds in their last six contests following an ATS loss. Winning isn’t always easy or pretty in college football, just ask Colorado University.
The Buffaloes needed much of the second half to squeak by their week-two opponent, Eastern Washington, 31-24 in Boulder.
The Eagles led 21-7 at halftime, took a seven-point advantage into the final quarter and even with a field-goal coming late in the fourth, Colorado somehow managed to score 14-points within a 21-second window to steal the victory from its Big Sky visitors.
Due to EWU’s classification, NCAAF gamblers were without a rooting interest in the game, but that didn’t affect the excitement level especially after Colorado’s Jr. CB Chapelle Brown broke a 24-24 tie by picking off Eagles’ QB Matt Nichols for a 27-yard TD with 1:44 left in the contest.
Colorado remains 1-0 against the college football lines heading into Thursday nights ‘Blackout’ game. Thursday will be the first ever meeting between the Mountaineers and Buffaloes with the college Football Betting Line set at 3-points, with a total of 57.