My West Virginia vs. Alabama NCAAF Betting PredictionsJosh Bailey
The West Virginia Mountaineers (4-8 SU, 3-9 ATS, 6-6 O/U) will look to overcome the huge college football betting spread as 26.5 point underdogs to pull off what could be a season-defining upset in their 2014 regular season opener against the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-2 SU, 6-6-1 ATS, 7-5-1 O/U).
Bets of all, college football betting enthusiasts everywhere will have a great chance to cash in on this Week 1 matchup, which, to be honest about it, looks more like a like selection than a gut-wrenching decision that leaves you exhausted.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) August 22, 2014
My West Virginia vs. Alabama NCAAF Betting Predictions
West Virginia closed out its 2013 campaign by losing three straight and four f its L5 games, not to mention the fact that they’ve lost a whopping 14 of its L/25 games overall.
The Mountaineers were outscored by an average of 10.0 points per game last season while allowing a whopping 33.3 points per game defensively.
Alabama on the other hand, averaged a stellar 38.8 points per game while allowing just 11.3 points per contest defensively.
While this Week 1 contest looks like a huge mismatch waiting to happen, Alabama head coach Nick Saban says otherwise.
“They’re a very explosive team, have a lot of team speed, scored a lot of points on a lot of people last year,” Saban said of the Mountaineers recently. “I think when they played well defensively they were a pretty good team. When they didn’t…
“They got a lot of players back on defense, and watching their spring game they looked very good on defense. It’s going to be a real challenge for us as all first games are, but it’s also a great barometer to see where you are. So we’re looking forward to it.”
Good barometer or not (Not) Alabama will face a West Virginia team that has gone 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall, an identical 1-6 ATS in their last seven neutral site games and a woeful 0-6 ATS in their last half-dozen games against non-conference opponents.
Alabama is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and a near-perfect 4-1 ATS in their last five games in the month of August.
Not only that, but the Tide are also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against Big 12 opponents, though Nick Saban’s team is also 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against non-conference opponents.
West Virginia will turn to Florida transfer Clint Trickett as he become a full-time starter for the first time while Alabama has its own new signal-caller in senior Blake Sims, or junior, Jake Coker.
Still, the talent differential between these two teams is so vast it won’t matter as the Crimson Tide likely pound the snot out of WVU with powerful running back T.J. Yeldon.
The Crimson Tide will win this one easily and narrowly covet the spread with a four-touchdown win.