West Virginia vs. Missouri - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Missouri Tigers (5-7) at West Virginia Mountaineers (8-5)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 See the Latest Odds
The Missouri Tigers and West Virginia Mountaineers open the season Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium on FS1.
The Missouri Tigers begin a new era under first year head coach and former defensive coordinator Barry Odom. Drew Lock returns at quarterback after throwing for 1,300 yards and four touchdowns. J'Mon Moore and Nate Brown return at wide receiver after combining for more than 600 yards and seven touchdowns while Sean Culkin had 16 receptions. The Missouri Tigers ground game averaged 115.4 yards per contest last season and Ish Witter returns after leading the way with 518 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Missouri allowed 16.2 points and 302 yards per game. Michael Scherer returns after 93 tackles, Charles Harris had seven sacks and Anthony Sherrils had one interception.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers hope for a bounce back year after winning just 19 games the last three seasons. Skyler Howard returns at quarterback after throwing for 3,100 yards and 26 touchdowns. Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts Jr. return at wide receiver after combining for more than 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns while Jovon Durante had 25 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game averaged 228 yards per contest last season and Rushel Shell returns after racking up 708 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia allowed 24.6 points and 396 yards per game. Dravon Askew-Henry returns after 59 tackles, Noble Nwachukwu had 13 tackles for loss and Jarrod Harper had four pass deflections.
The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
West Virginia is going to be a scoring machine this season with everybody returning. Also, playing in Morgantown is one of the tougher things to do in all of college football. Unless Lock is a completely different quarterback than he was a season ago, this game could get very ugly.
Give me the home team by double digits.