With a #8 AP ranking and an unbeaten Record, everyone in suddenly asking if West Virginia is for real. Even after a win Saturday over TCU, here's what we've learned in NCAAF Betting this week.
NCAAF PICKS RECORD: 17-6-0
Many Now Selling the Unbeaten West Virginia Kool-Aid But I'm Drinking Coffee
In 1806, someone said, 'There vash von fool born every minute,' and that's the farthest back we can trace this concept as they haven't found that part just yet in the Dead Sea Scrolls. And that's what we have with this wave of West Virginia hype—media suits and ties and their Mountaineer rhetoricals—borne out of the #8 (AP) ranking and the unbeaten (7-0) record heading into NCAAF Week 8's Big 12 meeting with TCU in Morgantown, won by WV 34-10. And the grander premise? That West Virginia (250/1 to win NCAA Championship, 5Dimes) can somehow sneak into the CFP scene and maybe shock the world while we're all talking about Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington. But as the prosecution says in the Pink Floyd song 'The Trial,' off the album The Wall says, 'This will not do.' Why? Simple. Look at the remaining schedule for the Mountaineers and consider their path to this theoretical point.
WEST VIRGINIA REMAINING SCHEDULE
In Week 9, WV is at Oklahoma State (5-2 SU) in what will definitely be a tough game (OK ST -1 Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook Games of the Year), Week 10 sees the Mountaineers and Head Coach Dana Holgorsen (28-34-1 ATS) hosting Kansas (1-6 SU), in Week 11 WV is at Texas (3-0 Home), in Week 12 the Mountaineers host Dede Westbrook and #16 Oklahoma (OK ST -3½, SuperBook), in Week 13, WV is at Iowa State (1-5) before wrapping its Big 12 Regular Season schedule up with a Dec. 3 Home date with Seth Russell (80/1 to win Heisman Trophy, SuperBook) and #9 Baylor (6-0). So, best of luck, Mountaineers.
Louisville Chances Of Making CFP Better Than WV, #2 Ohio State Stunned at Penn State
Lamar Jackson and #7 Louisville (22/1 to win NCAA Championship at 5Dimes—a sportsbook with an A+ grade and which offers a 50% Free Play Bonus—did a rain dance on North Carolina State on Saturday, winning 54-13 as 19-point Home favorites (BookMaker), meaning the Cardinals still have a CFP shot but #1 Alabama (#6 Texas A&M), #3 Michigan (Illinois) and #5 Washington (Oregon State) rolled in Week 7, while Deshaun Watson (8/1 to win Heisman Trophy, SuperBook) and #4 Clemson (7-0) were off. Number 2-ranked Ohio State was upset as 17½-point chalks (BookMaker) by Penn State (+700 Moneyline, BookMaker) at State College Saturday night, but the odds are still semi-stacked against Louisville and the Nov. 17 date at #11 Houston still looms fairly large (LOU -8½, SuperBook Games of Year).