Heart of Dallas Bowl: Utes Ready to Climb All Over Mountaineers

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Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:43 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 7:43 PM GMT

On Tuesday, December 26, the Utah Utes and the West Virginia Mountaineers will lock horns in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Let’s check out the college football odds and determine which side will win the day and get the cover.

Utah (6-6 SU, 8-3-1 ATS) vs. West Virginia (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS)

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Free College Football Pick: Utah -7Best Line Offered: Bookmaker
  • West Virginia is 0-5 ATS in its last five games in December.
  • West Virginia is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games as an underdog.
  • West Virginia is 0-4 ATS in its last four bowl games.
  • Utah is 4-1 ATS in its last five games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0.
  • Utah is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 bowl games.
  • Utah is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games after allowing less than 20 points in its previous game.

If you have perused the college football odds for this matchup, you undoubtedly have noticed the line has shifted from Utah as four-point neutral-site favorites to where it sits currently at Utah -7 at virtually all of the major online sportsbooks. That move speaks volumes about the anticipated return of Tyler Huntley at the helm for the Utes. Huntley did not play in Utah’s last game of the regular season in which they came away with a 34-13 win over Colorado. Sophomore running back Zack Moss trampled the Buffaloes for a career-high 196 yards rushing and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

The Mountaineers ended their season with losses to Texas and Oklahoma, failing to cover the number in both contests. West Virginia will be without quarterback Will Grier, who many consider a 2018 Heisman Trophy candidate. In his stead will be lightly tested sophomore Chris Chugunov, who has thrown a grand total of 62 passes in his college career. West Virginia will be limited offensively due to the absence of its golden arm under center, and its defense is ranked 92nd, allowing 31.6 points per game.

This is a solid spot for the Utes. Head coach Kyle Wittingham has had spectacular success in the postseason, winning 10 of the 11 bowl games during his tenure with Utah. The extra time to prepare and strategize has borne tremendous fruit for Utah under Wittingham, and this game will be no different. The Utes come equipped with a balanced offensive attack and a much better defense than West Virginia. Even at this inflated number, we still advise a play on Utah in your college football picks.

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