NCAA football wagering handicappers will have a top Big East contender against a rebuilding Conference USA college football betting online commodity to pick from as Marshall hosts West Virginia.
The West Virginia Mountaineers opened as a 13-point road favorite at Sports-Gambling .com with kickoff set for 7:05 PM Eastern.
West Virginia scored a 31-0 tune-up win at home last week over Coastal Carolina. The Mounties have been a solid road favorite through the years with a mark of 18-11 with the college football odds in that role.
West Virginia has struggled against non conference competition, however, with a record of 3-7 against the spread under 3rd year head coach Bill Stewart. With 16 starters back on a team that has gone 9-4 straight up in Stewart’s first 2 years on the job expectations are high for the Mounties, who are a co-favorite with Pitt to win the Big East title.
The big question will be at quarterback with first year starter Geno Smith, a sophomore who looked sharp in the opener as he passed for 20-27 and 216 yards with 2 TD’s. “Overall I was pleased,” said Stewart. “But we have a long way to go. My, my, my we’ve got a long way to go.”
West Virginia running back Noel Devine is a Heisman Trophy candidate that rushed for 1549 yards last year. The defense was particularly impressive in the opener. “I really liked the way our defense played,” said Stewart. “I am really pleased with the way our defense adjusted and reacted during the football game.”
Marshall was clobbered in their opener with the college football lines as Ohio State blew them away 45-7 as 28-point favorites. The Thundering Herd stumbled out of the gate in head coach Doc Holliday’s debut. Holliday was a long time assistant at West Virginia, which this matchup extra meaningful.
“We opened against a high-caliber Ohio State team and I am not sure we are going to see players like that the rest of the year,” said Holliday.
Marshall has scored 2 NCAA football wagering covers in their last 3 matchups against West Virginia. Last year the Herd led 7-3 at halftime before the Mounties rallied in the 2nd half for a 24-7 win as 20-point chalks.