Utah over West Vir­ginia by 10

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Death, taxes and Kyle Whit­ting­ham win­ning a bowl game! Other than Matt Lauer moon­light­ing as a lock­smith to learn how to in­stall a se­cret door lock un­der his desk, we can’t think of any other sure things in life. Fol­low­ing last year’s bowl vic­tory over In­di­ana, the Utah head coach now stands 10-1 SU (8-3 ATS) in bowl af­fairs, in­clud­ing 5-0 SUATS ver­sus foes off a loss. The Hill­bil­lies, on the other hand, are 6-20 ATS in bowl games since 1982, in­clud­ing 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS the last seven That could make this the biggest ‘bowl’ mis­match since Brit­ney Spears was caught puk­ing in a ho­tel toi­let. Es­pe­cially if you con­sider that West Vir­ginia HC Dana Hol­gorsen is 4-13 ATS with rest ( 0-7 ATS against sub .600 op­po­si­tion) and star QB Will Grier is doubt­ful with a bro­ken mid­dle fin­ger on his throw­ing hand. And while we’d love to call this one a ‘lock’, Utah’s per­mis­sive stop-unit (al­low­ing more than 400 YPG against bowl teams) – along with the grow­ing line – has us tread­ing a bit lightly. Still, with the Moun­ties get­ting out­stat­ted in five of their fi­nal seven games thanks to a de­fense that is also sur­ren­der­ing over 400 YPG to fel­low bowlers, we ex­pect the Utes to im­prove to 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS against Big 12 com­pe­ti­tion. You know what to do.

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