Free Russell Athletic Bowl Prediction: Mountaineers vs Hurricanes Odds
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2016 Russell Athletic Bowl
(10-2) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Miami Hurricanes (8-4)
Date: Wednesday, December 28th
Time: 5:30 pm EST
Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Miami -3
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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The Russell Athletic Bowl is a match up of two teams that have had successful seasons and hope to close it out with a win. Both teams have very good quarterbacks and score a lot of points.
Miami and West Virginia both score over 32 points a game.
The match up to watch in this game is at the quarterback position. Both quarterbacks have dreams of playing on Sunday, and there is a realistic chance both might be able too.
Brad Kaaya ia a junior but their is a chance that he will declare for the NFL draft after this game.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Skyler Howard, a senior quarterback will put on the Mountaineers jersey on one last time against the Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
He has an excellent career at West Virginia and would love to go out with a win. On the season he has thrown for 3194 yards and 26 touchdowns.
He has also ran for 400 yards and 9 touchdowns. He is still a pass first quarterback, but is a real threat on the ground to run.
In their last game, against Baylor the Mountaineers had to squeak out a win 24-21. In that game Howard was really having problems throwing the ball and only finished with 111 yards passing and two touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Mountaineers have struggled. They give up 431.2 yards per game which is 78th in the country.
Although opposing teams do gain a lot of yards, the Mountaineers haven’t given up a ton of points.
They only give up 23.4 points per game, which is good for 36th in the country.
The Miami Hurricanes have had a really up and down season under first year head coach Mark Richt. The Hurricanes started the season 4-0 and people were questioning if Miami was back.
They then lost their next four games and people questioned if they could even make a bowl game. They then quietly won four straight games to finish off the season.
Getting that 9th win and finishing the season on a five game winning streak would mean a lot to Miami.
Miami is led by quarterback Brad Kaaya who will be one of the top quarterbacks selected in the 2017 draft if he declares for it. He has thrown 3250 yards and 23 touchdowns.
In his last game he became the Hurricanes all time passing leader. Miami averages 34.6 points a game and 431.2 yards. Miami also has a very good defense.
They only give up 18.9 points per game which is good for 13th in the nation.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- WVU is 5-7 ATS this year.
- WVU is 7-5 on the UNDER this year.
- MIA is 8-4 ATS this year.
- MIA is 6-6 on the UNDER this year.
Free Russell Athletic Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
For two teams that have explosive quarterbacks that can go off at anytime the line is pretty low. Both teams do have good defenses but it’s going to be hard for them to stop these two great quarterbacks.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: OVER
I think with both teams quarterbacks probably done with their college careers after this game they are going to want to have strong showings. I think this game becomes a shootout quickly and not much defense is paid.
Russell Athletic Bowl Free Score Prediction: Miami 35 – West Virginia 28
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