West Virginia Mountaineers A Touchdown Favorite Over Connecticut Huskies
October 29th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Connecticut Huskies meet in a Big East match up, each coming off of losses in their last outing.  For the Mountaineers, it was a loss to Syracuse that has thrown the Big East standings back up in the air.  For Connecticut, it has been a struggle this  season, as they have begun the season 0-2 in conference play, and eye their first win.

West Virginia’s lost to Syracuse last week vaulted Pittsburgh into the early lead in the Big East conference, as they remain lone unbeaten team in Big East play.  The Mountaineers now must get things back on the right track to keep the goal of a conference championship and a trip to a BCS Bowl still on the line.

Connecticut (3-4) might be the opponent that West Virginia (5-2) needs after a difficult loss 19-14 last week to the Orange.  The Mountaineers have not lost to the Huskies since Connecticut joined the conference, tabbing a 6-0 record against them.

Last season, West Virginia was at home in Morgantown and won 28-24 in a game that saw West Virginia come from behind to win the game. It was one of the closer games in the short series history, in which West Virginia has outscored Connecticut 238-101.

When looking at this one, it has been the ground game of the Mountaineers that seems to have been the difference in the games against the Huskies over the past couple of year.  West Virginia rushed for 216 yards to years ago and 234 yards in the game last season against Connecticut, opening up the play calling and forcing the Huskies defense on their heels by running it right at them.

The rushing game for West Virginia this week will be just as important behind Noel Divine, and quarterback Geno Smith.  Smith has difficulties last week against Syracuse, as he was sacked five as the West Virginia offensive line struggled in pass protection.

Look for the Huskies to pay attention to the Syracuse game last week to see how the Orange were able to get pressurenumerous times on Smith throughout the course of the game.

For Connecticut in this one, while it might only be their last shot at making a run for a conference title, though it is just two games into Big East play.  The Huskies cannot afford to fall to 0-3 in the conference and expect to make a late run.

Last week, the Huskies failed to score a point against Louisville, dropping 26-0.  Connecticut managed just 195 total yards, as they were dominated by the Cardinals.  The offense will have to improve if they have hopes of competing against a good West Virginia team.

Game Line-

USA Online Sportsbooks and NCAA Football Betting Odds have set West Virginia as a 6.5-point favorite in this match up.  The over/under for the game has been set at 44.5 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

College Football Betting Trends indicate that the Mountaineers are 2-6 ATS versus a team with a losing record.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The Over is 7-1 in Connecticut’s last eight Big East games.  The Over is 14-3 in the Huskies last 17 home games.

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