College football odds now favor West Virginia to win the Big East title as they continue to be an impressive and talented commodity with the college football lines.
West Virginia ranks 20th in the BCS standings and will host Syracuse on Saturday with an ESPN2 telecast set for noon Eastern. West Virginia opened as a 15.5 point home favorite at Sports-Gambling.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have a college football betting record of 5-1 straight up and 4-2 against the spread as they are coming off a Thursday Night ESPN home win over South Florida 20-6 for their fourth consecutive payout. West Virginia has one of the better defenses in college football as they rank 4th for points allowed.
Quarterback Geno Smith has been impressive and has come up clutch when West Virginia needed him most. Smith has passed for 1358 yards while running back Noel Devine has 504 yards rushing.
The Syracuse Orange have a college football gambling record of 4-2 both straight up and against the spread. Syracuse is coming off a disappointing 45-14 home loss to Pitt after having won at South Florida 13-9.
The Orange rank 72nd for scoring offense but an impressive 18th overall in total defense and that is what has made them a team that is on the move upward.
Although they have loaded up on cupcakes in the non conference portion of their schedule all college football observers credit second year head coach Doug Marrone for having the program going in the right direction as he had to dig out of the massive crater left behind by Greg Robinson.
Although this is a good spot for homestanding West Virginia it would be a mistake for them to let up against Syracuse. The Mounties already had to pull off one miracle comeback earlier this year at Marshall against a vastly inferior team and that should serve as a lesson to come with their A-Game, especially in Big East Conference action.
West Virginia has beaten the college football odds in 7 out of their last 9 meetings with Syracuse. The two teams have gone over the total in just 4 of their last 14 matchups.