Minnesota vs West Virginia: Guaranteed Rate Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Minnesota vs West Virginia: Guaranteed Rate Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Minnesota vs West Virginia: Guaranteed Rate Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch 


Minnesota vs West Virginia: Guaranteed Rate Bowl How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, December 28
Game Time: 10:15 pm ET
Venue: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Minnesota (8-4), West Virginia (6-6)

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Minnesota vs West Virginia Guaranteed Rate Bowl Preview

You’ll have to forgive Minnesota if it feels a tad bit snubbed. There’s hardly anything wrong with Phoenix in December – especially if your school has tunnels so students don’t have to walk through the cold – but the Gopher team that finished second in the Big Ten East got a lesser bowl slot than Wisconsin and a much weaker draw than a 7-5 Penn State team that’s off to the Outback.

Minnesota – winner of four straight bowl games and the last two under PJ Fleck – will show up big anyway. Literally. It’s a bruising team with a massive offensive line that spent the season pounding away for a series of backs – the Gophers had big injury problems at running back – to go along with a defense that’s been great against the run and allowed just 18 points per game.

West Virginia had to win its last two games to get eligible just to be here, and it has a tough enough team to make the most of the chance.

The run defense is aggressive and strong, and the offense is outstanding at controlling the clock and the tempo. There might not be a whole lot of big plays coming from the attack, but the Mountaineers will be more than happy to grind this out with the Gophers.

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5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 13. Saturday Big Games

What are the 5 best college football predictions for the big Saturday games? It’s Rivalry Week, and here are some of the biggest calls on the biggest games of the season.

5 best predictions for Saturday. What college football games appear to be the best bets and the best picks among all the big rivalry week showdowns?


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Results So Far ATS: 81-57-1

No kidding around here.

These are the big games we’ve all been waiting for. This is the weekend that sets us up for Championship Week, and it’s when the biggest of the big rivalry games kick in.

No, I’m not touching the SEC showdowns – there’s too much happening with all of them. I will admit to liking Georgia Tech +35 over Georgia, but that’s too dangerous.

I will also admit to digging Auburn getting 20.5 at home against an Alabama team that has a bad habit of taking long naps, but again, that’s too volatile.

As I warned with the 5 Best Predictions piece for Friday, this is the toughest weekend of the year because it’s impossible to factor in the role desperation plays, especially when teams have no (bleeps) to give.

How long will coaches keep in their star players when the championship game next week means everything? How will players play and coaches coach when they know that this could be the last game of the season?

Flaky things happen on the last normal weekend of the regular season – like USF vs UCF yesterday, and don’t start on Nebraska and Iowa – so the idea here is to go mostly go with big games were both teams have something equally massive to lose

But I start and finish with two games that are all about the favorites and their attitudes, starting the 5 Best College Football Predictions for Rivalry Week Saturday with …

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5. Pitt at Syracuse

LINE Pitt -13
ATS PICK Syracuse

The doesn’t-matter theory worked on Friday taking Colorado -23.5 against Utah.

Ute head coach Kyle Whittingham inexplicably kept too many star players in for too long, but however it worked, it worked.

Utah didn’t need the win. It was already off to the Pac-12 Championship, the game had no playoff or bowl implications, and if anything, the last thing the team needed was to get banged up in any way.

Also, it wasn’t going to bring the high-end intensity and wasn’t going to open up the playbook considering the game that matters is a few days away.

It’s the exact same deal with Pitt and Syracuse, only better for the underdog. Utah was playing at home on Senior Day. Pitt is on the road.

The Panthers don’t need to do anything with this game. They’re off to the ACC Championship, and playing all of their backups and losing by 50 wouldn’t change a thing.

Of course, that’s not how football coaches think – they’re all about momentum, and players play, and blah blah blah. However, there will come a point when the Pitt coaching staff realizes it really doesn’t want QB Kenny Pickett getting blasted.

Even if everything was normal, Syracuse – even though the production has fallen off the map over the last few weeks – would be a good play, Throw in that it’s 5-6 and needs to win this to go bowling, and Pitt doesn’t need this at all, and it’s Senior Day, and the Orange running game is still good, and …

This isn’t a bad straight up play, much less with the 13.

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5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 13. Friday Big Games

What are the 5 best college football predictions for the big Friday of games? These appear to be the most interesting.

What college football games appear to be the best bets and the best picks going into Week 13? To keep the football weekend going, here are the 5 best predictions for Friday.


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Results So Far ATS: 78-55-1

It might be the most underappreciated great sports day on the calendar – the Friday after Thanksgiving.

It’s not the big Saturday full of the biggest rivalry games, but it’s always a deep and interesting slate.

Warning, I’m in a punch-drunk state after consuming more calories in one day than I have over the entire season. The annual College Football 15 weight gain just kicked in over the last 45 minutes. If these picks are wrong, it’s because my too-fat fingers hit the wrong keys.

I’m also going to warn you that I’m not head over heels in love with these picks. I’m in deep like, but I’m not quite sure where this relationship is going, and there’s a reason.

Friday-after-Thanksgiving games are extremely weird and don’t often hold to form. I’ll get into that as we go.

I’ll do the regular 10 Best Predictions Against The Spread piece for all of the giant Saturday showdowns – that will come later on Friday. But for the giant Friday slate, here are the 5 Best Predictions for today.

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5. Colorado at Utah

LINE Utah -23.5
ATS PICK Colorado

When I say Friday-after-Thanksgiving games are weird, I primarily mean something like this.

Utah doesn’t need this- it already has the Pac-12 South won and is off to the conference title game next week. It would actually be a good thing if it just sat its starters to rest up for whatever comes from the Pac-12 North on Saturday, and it’s not going to show off anything quirky that anyone can use.

Oh, I think Utah will win – it’s Senior Day, and of course a Kyle Whittingham team will always try – but the one thing this team can’t do is get banged up or bruised with the Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl appearance there for the taking.

Meanwhile, Colorado is still battling.

It beat Washington last week, it wasn’t bad at UCLA until the game got a bit out of control, and the win over Oregon State was a game-changer for the conference.

If Utah needed this game in any way it would ramp up the intensity and take this by the 23.5, but that’s not the case.

Call this a guess that the Utes will be more business-like and win this comfortably – like the 38-29 win over Arizona two weeks ago, with a letdown coming late – and won’t have half of the intensity it showed against Oregon six days ago.

By the way, call this a test-case theory for Pitt at Syracuse on Saturday. Pitt doesn’t need the win with the ACC Championship coming up, Syracuse at home has to win to go bowling,

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Big 12 Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 13

Big 12 Schedule, Game Previews, Predictions for Week 13. Kansas State at Texas, TCU at Iowa State, Texas Tech at Baylor, West Virginia at Kansas, Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Big 12 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.


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Big 12 Results So Far
SU: 50-21, ATS: 45-25-1, Point Total: 36-29-1

Friday, November 26

Kansas State at Texas

12:00, FOX
Line: Texas -3, o/u: 52.5

TCU at Iowa State

4:30, FS1
Line: Iowa State -15, o/u: 56

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Saturday, November 27

Texas Tech at Baylor

12:00, FS1
Line: Baylor -14.5, o/u: 52

West Virginia at Kansas

7:00, FS1
Line: West Virginia -15.5, o/u: 55.5

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

7:30, ABC
Line: Oklahoma State -4, o/u: 49.5

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West Virginia vs Kansas Prediction, Game Preview

West Virginia vs Kansas prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

West Virginia vs Kansas prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 27


West Virginia vs Kansas How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 27
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: David Booth Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS
How To Watch: FS1
Record: West Virginia (5-6), Kansas (2-9)
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Why West Virginia Will Win

Kansas will get West Virginia’s full and undivided attention – the team needs this for a bowl game.

The Mountaineers came up with the win it had to have at home against Texas, and now it needs to keep the efficient passing attack going with enough downfield plays to stretch out the Jayhawk defense.

Yes, Kansas has played better, and yes, there are a whole lot of positives now, but the defense still can’t handle the run, there isn’t enough pressure from the defensive front, and the strong West Virginia lines should be able to take over as the game goes on.

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Why Kansas Will Win

QB Jalon Daniels is a difference-maker, and now, this isn’t your September self’s Jayhawk team.

The plan was for Daniels to redshirt, but he was thrown into the fire against Texas, was fantastic, and came back with an even better performance in the 31-28 fight with TCU. He’s accurate, he’s making things happen down the field, and he’s giving Kansas more than a fighting chance.

The running game is doing a better job with the passing attack balancing things out, and …

Turnover margin. West Virginia just doesn’t take the ball away, and it turned it over multiple times in three straight games before getting through the Texas win clean.

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What’s Going To Happen

Kansas will bring the fight, and it’ll come up with enough offense to make West Virginia keep pressing, but it’ll come down to the defensive side.

The Mountaineers will control the clock, the defensive front will rumble into the backfield on a regular basis, and after a good first three quarters, things will start to open up in the fourth.

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West Virginia vs Kansas Prediction, Lines

West Virginia 37, Kansas 20
Line: West Virginia -15.5, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 2.5

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10 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 12. Big Week, Big Games, Big Picks

There’s no messing around with the 10 best college football predictions against the spread. These are the biggest games in the biggest week so far.

What college football games appear to be the best bets and the best picks going into Week 12? The 10 best predictions against the spread are the biggest games in the biggest week so far. 


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Results So Far ATS: 69-53-1

No goofing around

No gimmicks – the Kansas train finally came to a crashing halt, and in spectacular fashion. However, that was an overall plus to save my bacon after an offseason lobbying effort to get everyone to go over on the KU season win total of 1 or 1.5.

No obscure Group of Five on Group of Five action – because, to be honest, I couldn’t find anything.

No, it’s time to gear up and get in shape for what’s coming with the monster Thanksgiving Week around the corner – I’ll do this Wednesday before the Thursday and Friday games and then another version Friday night – leading into the conference championships leading into the bowl games.

But first, a bonus pick because I can’t resist, and because I’m not messing with a streak after falling into last week’s calls of Utah State outright over San Jose State (48-17 Aggies) and Nevada covering the 3 against San Diego State (SDSU 23-21).

It’s arguably the biggest game of the weekend, and I’m not going with it because I’m compromised.

For nine months I picked Utah to beat Oregon outright, and now 1) I hate Utah giving away points, 2) the pick fits my narrative, and that’s not a good thing – forgive the nauseating pretentiousness; I just chugged a latte at 2 am – and 3) I was yelled at by Oregon people that it’s not going to be as obvious as Oregon loses to Utah, Oregon beats Oregon State, Oregon beats Utah for Pac-12 Championship and goes on to beat random-good Big Ten team in the Rose Bowl.

Whatever. Of course that’s what’s going to happen. Utah -3. (BTW, biggest badass game preview photo ever for that.)

10 biggest college football games, 10 biggest college football picks. Here we go, starting with …

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10. Virginia at Pitt

LINE Pitt -14.5
ATS PICK Virginia

Forgive me for doing this for a second week in a row.

Last week I loved the over in Virginia-Notre Dame, but that was based on Cavalier QB Brennan Armstrong playing. As it turned out, he couldn’t go with his injured rib and the team was a disaster in the 28-3 Irish win that didn’t come within ten miles of the total.

I might change this on the fly if news comes out about Armstrong one way or another, but at the moment the line is based on him not playing.

If he plays – and I’m guessing he tries everything to get out there with the Coastal Division still up for grabs – the line might plummet fast and the 14.5 should be a gift. However, that doesn’t quite jibe with the point total of 66.5.

If he’s not playing, UNDER if you can still get the 66.5. If he is playing, stay away from the total.

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9. SMU at Cincinnati

LINE Cincinnati -11
ATS PICK Cincinnati

I know this goes completely against my unwavering belief that Cincinnati not obliterating everyone with this schedule of meh is a disqualifier for the College Football Playoff, but I don’t believe in SMU at all.

No, Cincinnati hasn’t been as good as it should’ve been against awful teams, but yeah, Navy is quirky, and yeah, Tulsa is tough – and loses after bringing a decent fight – and the team did pull away from Tulane and USF.

SMU has been good enough over the last few years to get to the big stage, and then lose. Last year it was the 42-13 loss to Cincinnati. In 2019 it was the 54-48 loss to Memphis, and in 2018 – granted, that team was just okay – it was a 48-20 loss to UCF.

Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder is playing better lately than he’s getting credit for, the lack of a consistent running game shouldn’t matter in this, and …

If this 2021 Bearcat ride ends, I think it happens either at East Carolina next week or against Houston in the AAC Championship.

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8. Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

LINE Oklahoma State -10.5
ATS PICK Oklahoma State

Interim head man Sonny Cumbie is coaching up this Texas Tech team through a tough situation. It fought well in a loss to Kansas State, got picked apart by Oklahoma, and then pulled off a Big 12 game-changer with a win over Iowa State. However …

Oklahoma State is fabulous.

This defense is incredible – it has yet to allow more than 24 points and gave up just 23 total in the last three games – the offense is finding its stride, and for all of his Mike Gundyness, Mike Gundy is really, really good at this and has his team peaking at the right time.

Texas Tech freshman QB Donovan Smith looks like a superstar to build around after ripping up Iowa State. However, Iowa State doesn’t get into the backfield like Oklahoma State does.

Donovan, meet the No. 1 pass rush and No. 3 defense in college football.

NEXT: College Football Pick Against The Spread No. 7: Nebraska at Wisconsin

Big 12 Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 12

Big 12 Schedule, Game Previews, Predictions for Week 12. Oklahoma at Iowa State, Kansas at TCU, Texas at West Virginia, Baylor at Kansas State, Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

Big 12 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


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Big 12 Results So Far
SU: 46-20, ATS: 41-24-1, Point Total: 34-26-1

Saturday, November 20

Oklahoma at Iowa State

12:00, FOX
Line: Oklahoma -3.5, o/u: 59.5
 

Kansas at TCU

4:00, Big 12/ESPN+
Line: TCU -21.5, o/u: 64.5

Texas at West Virginia

12:00, ESPN2
Line: West Virginia -3, o/u: 56.5

Baylor at Kansas State

5:30, FS1
Line: PICK, o/u: 50
 

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

8:00, FOX
Line: Oklahoma State -10.5, o/u: 56.5

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Texas vs West Virginia Prediction, Game Preview

Texas vs West Virginia prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

Texas vs West Virginia prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 20


Texas vs West Virginia How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Texas (4-6), West Virginia (4-6)
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Why Texas Will Win

There’s still talent. There’s still a bowl game to shoot for, there’s still a chance to make something out of this lost season, and there’s still enough in place to change the narrative, at least a wee bit.

The offense has been painfully inconsistent, but the passing game went off in the loss to Kansas. The defense couldn’t stop the Jayhawks, or the Cyclones, or the Bears, or the Cowboys, or the Sooners …

But West Virginia can’t run a lick lately. It couldn’t move the ball at all against Oklahoma State in a 24-3 loss, and it was stuffed by Kansas State last week.

The Mountaineers have failed to run for 100 yards in six games and lost all six. However …

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Why West Virginia Will Win

Yeah, if your defense makes Kansas look like 2019 LSU, things aren’t going all that well.

If your first year head coach has to get a vote of confidence, things aren’t going well.

If your superstar running back is injured and out for the season – Bijan Robinson is done with a dislocated elbow – things aren’t going well.

It’s not that Texas has quit, it’s just not playing well.

West Virginia should be able to control the clock, the D has the ability to get behind the line and force a whole lot of mistakes, and the offense should be able to move with a good balance against a defense that’s getting ripped apart way too easily.

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What’s Going To Happen

4-6 is in the eye of the beholder.

West Virginia has lost two straight, but it gets the home finale against a dead Texas team walking before going to Kansas with a chance to get bowl eligible.

Texas has lost five straight, and it has to beat West Virginia on the road and take care of a pesky Kansas State team to get bowl eligible.

West Virginia will soon be bowl eligible.

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Texas vs West Virginia Prediction, Lines

West Virginia 30, Texas 24
Line: West Virginia -3, o/u: 56.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 3

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Big 12 Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 11

Big 12 Schedule, Game Previews, Predictions for Week 11. Oklahoma at Baylor, West Virginia at Kansas State, Iowa State at Texas Tech, Kansas at Texas, TCU at Oklahoma State

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Big 12 Results So Far
SU: 44-17, ATS: 39-22, Point Total: 31-23-1

Saturday, November 13

Oklahoma at Baylor

12:00, FOX
Line: Oklahoma -5.5, o/u: 62.5

West Virginia at Kansas State

12:00, FS1
Line: Kansas State -6.5, o/u: 47

Iowa State at Texas Tech

3:30, ESPN2
Line: Iowa State -10.5, o/u: 58

Kansas at Texas

7:30, ESPNU
Line: Texas -30.5, o/u: 62

TCU at Oklahoma State

8:00, FOX
Line: Oklahoma State -13, o/u: 54.5

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West Virginia vs Kansas State Prediction, Game Preview

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West Virginia vs Kansas State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 13


West Virginia vs Kansas State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 13
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
How To Watch: FS1
Record: West Virginia (4-5), Kansas State (6-3)
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Why West Virginia Will Win

Do you think West Virginia will throw well in this or not?

The Mountaineers bombed away on Iowa State and pulled off a shocker. The O didn’t work at all against Oklahoma State and it was a rough 24-3 home loss.

This has been a wildly hit-or-miss Mountaineer team, and even when QB Jarret Doege is on, that doesn’t necessarily mean everything else is working.

But it certainly helps for this group.

Kansas State is on a three-game winning streak partly because it’s not getting bombed on. It was able to get by Nevada, but it’s 0-3 in the Big 12 when it gives up over 300 passing yards.

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Why Kansas State Will Win

The Kansas State passing game is working.

Skylar Thompson doesn’t bomb away for scores, and he likes to check down to RB Deuce Vaughn whenever possible, but the Wildcats have found a nice groove with over 200 passing yards in each of the last five games.

West Virginia likes to live on time of possession – it leads the Big 12 – but when needed, Kansas State can cling on to the ball as well as anyone.

Throw in the strong pass rush against a way-too-leaky Mountaineer offensive front and what should be at least a +1 turnover margin, and there’s a good formula for the Cats.

What’s Going To Happen

Kansas State is already bowl eligible, but West Virginia has to win two out of its last three with Texas and at Kansas to follow.

The Mountaineers need this more, but Kansas State is quietly playing too well.

The Wildcats pushed Oklahoma and weren’t awful in losses to Oklahoma State and Iowa State, and now they seem to be finding a nice balance that’s keeping everything going.

This is a good, tight game that should be in doubt deep into the fourth, with Kansas State moving the chains just a bit better when it absolutely has to.

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West Virginia vs Kansas State Prediction, Lines

Kansas State 24, West Virginia 20
Line: Kansas State -6.5, o/u: 47
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 3.5

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