Russell Athletic Bowl West Virginia Vs Miami Line & PickJosh Bailey
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Miami Hurricanes will both be looking to close out their seasons with a big victory when they square off in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl. Kick-off is this Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 5:00 PM ET, live from the Orlando Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida while airing live on ESPN.
Russell Athletic Bowl West Virginia Mountaineers Vs Miami Hurricanes Line & Pick
Russell Athletic Bowl
Who: No.16 West Virginia Mountaineers (10-2) vs Miami Hurricanes (8-4)
When: Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Start Time: 5:30 PM ET
Where: Orlando, FL
Stadium: Camping World Stadium
Spread: Miami -3
Moneyline: West Virginia +130 vs Miami FL -150
Game Total: 56
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: West Virginia vs Miami
Why Bet The West Virginia Mountaineers to Beat the Hurricanes
The Mountaineers won their final two games of the season and come into this bowl game clash off a hard-fought 24-21 win over Baylor in their regular-season finale.
West Virginia is averaging 32.5 points per game to rank a solid 46th in scoring nationally. Quarterback Skyler Howard is completing a solid 60.8 percent of his passes for 3,194 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while wide receivers Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts Jr. have combined for 1,760 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns grabs.
Running back Justin Crawford has rushed for a team-high 1,168 yards and four touchdowns and the Mountaineers were rock-solid defensively in limiting the opposition to 23.4 points per game to rank an even more impressive 36th in points allowed nationally.
Why Bet The Miami Hurricanes To Beat The Mountaineers
Miami won four straight to close out the season and come into this bowl game off a convincing 40-21 win over Duke. The Hurricanes will have plenty of motivation to win their first bowl game since the 2006 season.
Miami is averaging a healthy 34.5 points per game to rank a solid 35th in scoring nationally as strong-armed signal-caller Brad Kaaya has completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 3,250 yards with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Wide receivers Ahmmon Richards and Stacy Coley have combined for 1,569 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while running back Mark Walton has rushed for a team-high 1,065 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The Hurricanes were outstanding defensively this season in limiting the opposition to just 18.9 points per game to rank 13th nationally in points allowed.
Russell Athletic Bowl Pick & Final Score Prediction
59 percent of the betting public likes West Virginia to get the win and ATS cover, but I’m going to advise you to back the red-hot Hurricanes to get the upset win and ATS cover.
The Mountaineers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven bowl games and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games against teams from the ACC, while Miami has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games.
Furthermore, the underdog in this series is 7-2 ATS in their last nine meetings. West Virginia has failed to live up to expectations in a couple of huge games this season and I think this will be another such contest for the Mountaineers. I like the motivated Miami Hurricanes to win and cash in as a slight underdog.