Utah over West Virginia by 10
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.