USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Will Grier, Ryan Willis and Zac Thomas
The college football scheduling czars have blessed us with five Thursday night games (plus another five Friday), and although they all start at about the same time, there’s no reason to not get action down on a few.
We’ve covered all five games below with some insights, trends and picks. So let’s get to it.
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Baylor at West Virginia
- Odds: WVU -14
- Over/Under: 67.5
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV: Fox Sports 1
West Virginia and Baylor both come off bye weeks after tough loses — Baylor had a chance to beat Texas but came up short, while WVU got smacked by Iowa State and gained fewer than 200 yards of total offense.
Despite getting only 40% of bets in this game, Baylor has accounted for the majority of total dollars wagered (52%) thus far. As a result, the Bears have fallen from +14.5 to +14.
As for the total, it’s risen from 63 to 67 behind 78% of bets and 94% of dollars.
Trends to Know
By Evan Abrams
In WVU quarterback Will Grier’s career, he has played in four games after a loss, including Week 1 this season off an injury last year.
Grier after a loss: 4-0 SU and ATS, 17 TD, 2 INT
His coach hasn’t been as successful, though.
Dana Holgorsen is only 13-19 ATS after a straight-up loss with West Virginia. And with at least 10 days between games, Holgorsen is 5-15 ATS.
When worlds collide and the Mountaineers are off a loss and have at least 10 days rest under Holgorsen, they are 2-6 SU and 0-8 ATS, failing to cover by 8.9 points per game.
Bet to Watch
By Ken Barkley
The key thing for me in this matchup is the West Virginia defense. It received a lot of hype before the season, and in the first 4-5 games, with strong performances.
But like with most college football talking points, it needs to be asked: “Against who?” Baylor will be, by a pretty wide margin, the second best offense this defense has faced.
The first was Texas Tech, which scored 34 points, had a chance to tie it late, and didn’t get a lot of breaks in the game in general. Even Iowa State’s offense was able to grind out yards and make plays when it had to in the upset two weeks ago.
In order to back West Virginia at such a big number, you have to think the Mountaineers can win an incredibly high-scoring game (in my opinion). I think it’s possible there is some correlation with the Mountaineers -14 and the over in a parlay, but my favorite bet on this game would be Baylor +14 because I think they’ll be able to score so frequently.
The Pick: Baylor +14
Ball State at Ohio
- Odds: Ohio -10.5
- Over/Under: 64
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS Sports Network