Vegas insight on UT vs. West Virginia following Holgorsen's preparation concern

Vegas insight on UT vs. West Virginia following Holgorsen's preparation concern

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Vegas insight on UT vs. West Virginia following Holgorsen's preparation concern

No. 17 West Virginia, who is at least a touchdown favorite over Tennessee, is viewed as a heavy favorite in the season-opening game being played in Charlotte.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen set a tone of concern in preparation for the game.

Holgorsen, at his press conference Aug. 21, mentioned it is not fair that Tennessee is receiving more practice time ahead of the game.

“I’m not happy that we get less time to prepare than Tennessee does,” Holgorsen said. “They start school five or six days later. I think this is a flaw in how the NCAA does their practices.”

Classes began on Aug. 15 for West Virginia and classes for Tennessee started today. The NCAA limits teams to 20 hours of mandatory team-related activities when school is in session.

Vegas insight

Brian Edwards of BrianEdwardsSports.com, a Senior Handicapper at VegasInsider.com, gave his thoughts on the Tennessee vs. West Virginia game with Vols Wire following Holgorsen’s comments.

 

  • I made West Virginia an 11-point favorite. I certainly have questions about their defense, but the offense is going to be elite. I think Will Grier is the nation’s best quarterback and he might have the nation’s best 1-2 combo of wide receivers in David Sills and Gary Jennings.

 

  • West Virginia’s 7-6 record last year is misleading because they were 7-3 going into the Texas game when Grier dislocated his finger early in the first quarter. So the Mountaineers went 0-3 without him and two of the three losses with him were one-possession losses vs. Virginia Tech & at TCU.

 

  • As of today (8/22), most books have West Virginia favored by 9.5 or 10. There are so many questions with Tennessee and their new staff/schemes/etc.; the Vols lost their best offensive weapon in running back John Kelly. I’m not sure if the starting quarterback will be Keller Chryst or Jarrett Guarantano, but I will mention that Chryst took over a 4-3 Stanford team in 2016 as starting quarterback and led the Cardinal to a 6-0 record down the stretch. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in a bowl win over North Carolina and was not 100-percent healthy last September and eventually lost the gig to K.J. Costello. I’m not willing to commit to a play on West Virginia yet, but I slightly lean that way if the number is at -10 or fewer.

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