NCAA football gambling handicappers are also impressed with the strong finish of the West Virginia Mountaineers as they gained a share of the Big East title with the NCAA odds.
The Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL is the venue for the Champs Sports Bowl which will take place on Tuesday, December 28 with a telecast on ESPN set for 6:30 PM ET. The North Carolina State Wolfpack will take on the #22 West Virginia Mountaineers. Champs Sports Bowl odds at Sports Gambling opened with West Virginia -2.5.
North Carolina State has a record of 8-4 straight up and 9-3 with the college football odds. The Wolfpack went under the total in 7 of their 12 games this year and finished 2nd in the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division as they blew the chance to win the crown with a season ending loss at Maryland.
Still, the Wolfpack showed marked improvement under 4th year head coach Tom O’Brien who, after a slow start, seems to have the program heading in the right direction. Passing is the strength of North Carolina State as they rank 18th in the nation led by Russell Wilson, who passed for 3288 yards.
The defense ranked a respectable 31st overall.
West Virginia has a NCAA football wagering record of 9-3 straight up and 7-4-1 against the spread with 7 of their 12 games going under the total. West Virginia ended up in a three way tie with Pitt and Connecticut for the Big East title.
The Mounties finished strong with 4 consecutive wins to end the season while getting the money 3 times with the lone exception being a push against Rutgers in a 35-14 season finale win.
The strong finish has taken some heat off of head coach Bill Stewart, who was under intense fire after back to back losses in midseason to Syracuse and Connecticut. West Virginia has an outstanding defense that ranks 2nd overall in the country while the offense rallied after a bad mid season slump to rank 65th.
Noel Devine rushed for 886 yards and quarterback Geno Smith was a clutch NCAA football gambling asset with 2567 yards passing and an unforgettable 4th quarter performance in the week 2 comeback win at Marshall.