Thursday night football is back for another week as the West Virginia Mountaineers host the Auburn Tigers. Let's check out the odds, trends, over/under totals and hand out a prediction.
Kickoff: 7:50 PM ET
Odds: Oddsmakers from online sports book SBG Global have established West Virginia as a 3.5-point favorite.
Current public betting information shows that 55% of bettors favor Auburn +3.5 over West Virginia.
Top Betting Trends:
Auburn: 1-6 ATS this season
West Virginia: 19-7 Under off home conference win
Key Player Injuries
[WR] Philip Pierre-Louis is out for the season. - Knee - 09/02/08
[RB] John Douglas missed last game, %27?%27 - Knee - 09/28/08
[OL] Darrell Roseman expected to miss the remainder season - Shoulder - 10
[DB] Marcus Jemison is expected to miss entire season - Leg - 09/06/08
[CB] Jerraud Powers downgraded to expected to miss - Hamstring - 10/08/08
[CB] Aairon Savage expected to miss entire season - Knee - 08/07/08
[RB] Ben Tate is probable - Hamstring - 10/09/08
[WR] Chris Slaughter out indefinitely - Suspension - 09/07/08
[WR] Robert Dunn missed last game, upgraded to probable - Ankle - 10/04/08
[DE] Antonio Coleman left last game, %27?%27 - Leg - 10/05/08
[DT] Sen'Derrick Marks left last game, upgraded to probable - Ankle - 10/0
[DE] Michael Goggans left last game, upgraded to probable - Ankle - 10/09/
[DE] AJ Greene missed last game, %27?%27 - Hamstring - 10/05/08
[LB] Craig Stevens left last game, upgraded to probable - Toe - 10/09/08
[RB] Brad Lester left last game, upgraded to probable - Knee - 10/09/08
[LB] Reed Williams out for season - Shoulder - 10/05/08
[RG] Josh Jenkins is expected to miss. - Knee - 10/08/08
[P] Pat Liebig missed last game, downgraded to doubtful. - Head - 10/08/08
[LB] Jim Lewis is expected to miss at least 5 weeks. - Foot - 10/01/08
(!) [QB] Pat White injured last game, probable - Head - 10/04/08
[RB] Zach Hulse out indefinitely - Shoulder - 09/16/08
This is a matchup of two teams that have fallen way short of their expectations in 2008. Pat White and WVU’s offense has struggled under first-year head coach Bill Stewart, averaging just 21.8 points per game against lined opponents compared to the 40 PPG they scored just a year ago. The Tigers have been a mess as well after hiring Tony Franklin to install the spread offense, only to fire him halfway through the season. White, who did not play against Syracuse two weeks ago, should return to the starting lineup to boost the Mountaineer offense, but it won’t matter. Not that Auburn has been great this year, but their defense is fast and aggressive and if motivated, should contain a hobbled White. Expect a low scoring contest, but we like the Tigers to win outright. We predict Auburn over West Virginia 17-16.
Did you like this article? Subscribe to our College Football news feed for the fastest updates delivered right to you - Click here to Subscribe
Posted: 10/23/08 2:13 PM