College Football Pick
It’s the SEC vs. the Big 12 as West Virginia hosts Missouri on Saturday September 3rd in what will be the season opener for both teams. West Virginia is a -10 point home favorite in this one with a posted total of 50.5. Those odds are available at betonline sportsbook. Kickoff is Scheduled for 12 noon est. and the fame can be seen on Fox Sports-1.
West Virginia finished last season with an 8-4 record which includes a 43-42 shootout win over Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl. But despite the 8 wins, the West Virginia season can be best summed up by noting that the majority of the teams they beat were teams below .500 while their 4 losses came against the winning teams they faced and 3 of the 4 weren’t even close.
Missouri’s problem a year ago was an inept offense. They flat out could not put the ball in the end zone last season. The Tigers were held to 13 points or less 8 times last year. In fact, using yards per point as a measuring stick, the Missouri offense ranked 124th out of 128 charted teams with a yards per point number of 22.9. Simply terrible. Their defense on the other hand, ranked 9th in the country using that same yards per point measuring stick, with a ypp defensive number of 17.9. Very good.
West Virginia was pretty much the opposite. They had no problem putting points on the board but the defense left a lot to be desired, especially when stepping up in class. They once again figure to have no problem offensively however bring in plenty of new faces on the defensive side of the ball. Might that be just what the Doctor ordered for the impotent Missouri offense? You can read Our West Virginia season preview here.
As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. In other words, we’d expect the Missouri offense to improve, but how much can we really expect in one year? We know the Tigers defense will be solid and should be able to slow the Mountaineers down. The total for this Game opened up at 54.5 and has moved to 50.5. We agree with the move towards the under. If this Game were played in January of last year, we’d have this total somewhere in the mid 40’s. In fact, the average posted total on a Missouri Game last year was 44 and 11 of their 12 Games went under. again! UNDER 50.5