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South Florida vs. West Virginia Odds

When you think powerhouse college football teams, West Virginia comes more quickly to mind than South Florida.

But don't tell that to the Bulls, who have beaten the Mountaineers in three of four matchups and covered the spread all four times. SFU will try to make it five in this week’s Thursday nighter in college football betting.
 
There’s a lot more at stake for West Virginia than for South Florida, as the Mountaineers need a victory to remain nationally ranked. Oddsmakers expect a big win, making West Va a 10.5-point favorite on the Mountaineers vs Bulls odds menu at most books. Will they cover this week?

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It certainly seems like the Mountaineers have the right weapons on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Geno Smith has exceeded expectations this year. He averages 227.8 passing yards per game and has thrown 12 touchdown strikes versus just two interceptions in five games. {URL=/Stats/Matchup/Football/NCAAF/27763}[ Matchup Report ] {/URL}

Noel Devine also paces the offense, averaging 95 rushing yards per game and scoring four times in five weeks.

South Florida may also have its hands full with receiver Brad Starks this week. He finally battled back from a slew of injuries and exploded for three touchdown catches last week against UNLV, tying a school record.

Defensively, West Virginia has been a powerhouse this season. The Mountaineers rank seventh in scoring defense and total defense nationally. Does that mean they’ll be a nightmare matchup for South Florida?

The Bulls have tried to convert B.J. Daniels into a pocket passer this season. So far, the experiment is failing. Daniels has thrown for just 684 yards in five games – only 136.8 yards per contest. He also has seven interceptions versus just four touchdown passes and has been sacked 10 times.

The over/under has been set at 43 across almost every sportsbook for this matchup. That may have seemed like a tentative number at first but South Florida’s offensive struggles could yank the final score UNDER the posted total this week. In fact, these two teams have played UNDER the total four times in their last five meetings.

Is there a glimmer of hope for South Florida? The Bulls do have some playmakers on defense. Defensive end Craig Marshall and defensive back Jon Lejiste have seven combined sacks this season and the Bulls have 14 in five games. They should at least make Smith work for his points. South Florida has also won three of five against West Virginia.

On the betting side, South Florida has beaten the spread four straight times against West Virginia. So does that mean bettors should play the upset? Maybe, but the Mountaineers have looked good offensively and defensively this season and should be fired up at home. Bet against them at your own peril.