Alabama Crimson Tide vs. West Virginia Mountaineers NCAAF Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
Alabama Crimson Tide (11-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (4-8)
College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Georgia Dome)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers +24.5 -- Over/Under: 55 See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC, ESPN2
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Alabama Crimson Tide play a Saturday night game at the Georgia Dome.
The West Virginia Mountaineers return seven starters on each side of the ball and hope that this season is much different than their 4-8 record last year. West Virginia’s offense, which was 80th in the country in points scored, will be led by quarterback Clint Trickett, who passed for 1,600 yards and seven touchdowns before suffering a shoulder injury. The Mountaineers strength this season will be their running game which is led by Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell, a duo that should greatly improve a backfield that just 148 yards last year. One has the believe that the West Virginia Mountaineers will be much better offensively with Dana Holgorsen having another year to work with this group. Defensively, the Mountaineers have nowhere to go but up after finishing 100th in points allowed. Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski will lead that unit.
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The Alabama Crimson Tide once again enter the season as one of the favorites to win it all. Besides having to replace quarterback AJ McCarron, the Crimson Tide are pretty much the same team a year ago. With T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Amari Cooper, Nick Saban may have the best offense he’s ever had at Alabama. Whether Jacob Coker or Blake Sims is named the starting quarterback, they won’t have to do much for this offense to be successful. After all, the Alabama Crimson Tide were 18th in the country in points scored and McCarron was far from the difference maker. Defensively, Alabama has had the top defense in the SEC the last five seasons and that shouldn’t change much with guys such as Landon Collins, Trey DePriest and Denzel Devall still on the team. Alabama is still Alabama.
The Mountaineers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Crimson Tide are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Don't like the chalk Alabama is getting in this match, so I'm siding with the over. Alabama's offense should have a field day against a smaller West Virginia defense, while the Mountaineers should score a couple of late touchdowns by throwing the ball playing catch up.
This should be your typical blowout that includes a ton of points.