WVU Sports with Tom Bragg

If gambling were legal…

…and remember, it’s not, Las Vegas and the oddsmakers could still have a role in many of our lives. Why, sportswriters can certainly take a thing or two or twenty from the never-too-nonsensical trends opponents establish before playing one another. Tonight’s WVU-Louisville game offers such insight.

Louisville most recently:
When playing in November are 9-1
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 7-3

West Virginia most recently:
When playing in November are 6-4
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 7-3

Does it mean anything? Maybe not, but when you’re on writing on deadline and it’s a night game that television just will not let end, those little things come in handy.

Other things wouldn’t be too useful, such as, say, how WVU has performed against the spread recently.

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville’s last 5 games
Louisville is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games
Louisville is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
West Virginia is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of West Virginia’s last 6 games
West Virginia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games

Yet there is a portion of the population that likes to lurk in such shadows and, um, parlay such information into financial gain. We began thinking about this a while ago, but tonight’s is a particularly interesting game. Despite the disparity in records and the completely different dynamics on defense, a lot of people see this as being a dual into the fourth quarter. Many Mountaineers fans are fretting, though perhaps they should not because the same can’t be said for those who are betting.

 The Louisville Cardinals have practically no chance of stopping the West Virginia offense. The West Virginia defense has started playing better lately as well. That makes the second trend, the one about the Cardinals being colder than a July day in Greenland, very important.

The Louisville Cardinals are icy and they’re going on the road to face a team who still believes that they can win a championship.

The BetUS college football betting line is West Virginia – 16 at home against the spread versus the Louisville Cardinals.

Take West Virginia to cover. They will want to rack up as many style points as they can in this one.