This game, the equivalent of a college football betting’s Hatfields vs. the McCoys, has plenty of meaning to the fans of the Mountain State that extends much deeper than just the win-loss column. Called the “Friends of Coal Bowl”, the winner of this matchup will receive the coveted Governor’s Cup, but more importantly, it will also have bragging rights over the state of West Virginia for the next year.
On paper this matchup doesn’t really amount to much. Kickoff for this Friday matchup is set for 7:05 Eastern Time and sbg opened with the UWV Mountaineers as a 12.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 47. But what these betting lines fail to take into account is the passion that is involved in this type of in-state rivalry.
Granted, Marshall’s Thundering Herd didn’t exactly get off to a great start to the season, getting slapped around by the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes in a 7-45 loss in week one, but the Mountaineers are hardly OSU and they have trump card heading into this NCAA football betting matchup.
That trump card is new head coach Doc Holliday who is as familiar with the West Virginia program as anyone after having served as an assistant head coach prior to his latest gig. He knows the team’s strengths and weaknesses and that’s not something that can be discounted. In addition the Thundering Herd has the advantage of home field and its stands should be swarming with green and loaded with passionate fans.
There is little doubt that UWV has the better team as it plays in the much more difficult Big East and is coming off an impressive 31-0 drubbing of a good Coastal Carolina team. The offense was less than perfect (400 total yards, 4 TDs) as it missed plenty of chances, but defense looked unstoppable allowing just 186 total yards (123 passing, 63 on the ground) and pitched a shutout. This unit will make life very difficult of for Marshall’s offense and on the other side of the ball star RB Noel Devine should do plenty of damage after a disappointing opening game.
UWV will win this game but a good sports betting play here might be taking Marshall to beat the spread.