Missouri at West Virginia Free College Football Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 8/28/2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
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The Missouri Tigers take on the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Mountaineer Field. The opening line for this game has West Virginia as 11.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 54.5. Last season the Tigers were 3-9-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 1-11-0. The Mountaineers had an over/under record of 4-9-0 and they were 5-8-0 against the spread.
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Missouri scored 13.6 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 127th in Division 1. In the passing department, they averaged 15.5 passes on 31.1 attempts for a 49.9 percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 165.5 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 113th in college football. The Tigers ran for an average of 115.4 yards per game on 33.1 attempts for an average of 3.5 yards per carry. That ranked them 120th in the nation. They also ran 64.2 plays per contest and averaged 4.4 yards per play for an average of 280.9 yards per game, ranking their offense 125th overall last season. The Tigers averaged 15.1 first downs per game which ranked them 126th in the country. They accumulated 43.1 penalty yards per game via 5.3 penalties, which ranked 106th in the nation.
Missouri allowed 169.3 passing yards per game, ranking 5th in D-1, and they allowed 16.2 points per contest on defense, which ranked 5th. They gave up 18.3 completions on 29.5 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 61.9. The Tigers allowed 132.8 rushing yards per game on 40.3 carries for a 3.3 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 28th in the country. Missouri allowed 302 total yards per game including 4.3 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 6th in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.3 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 5.2 penalties for 50.4 yards per game, ranking them 41st among D-1 teams.
West Virginia averaged 34 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 36th in the country. In the passing department, they completed 17.8 passes per game on 33 attempts for a 54.1 percent completion percentage. They threw for 251.5 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 42nd in Division 1. The Mountaineers ran for an average of 228.2 yards per game on 47.9 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 16th on the ground. They also ran 80.9 plays per game and averaged 5.9 yards per play for a total of 479.7 yards per game, ranking them 22nd in the country on offense. The Mountaineers got an average of 25 first downs per game, which ranked 15th in the nation. They averaged 70 penalty yards per game via 6.7 penalties, ranking them 14th in college football.
West Virginia allowed an average of 237.7 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 83rd in Division 1. Their defense overall allowed 24.6 points per contest, which had them ranked 44th in the nation. They gave up 17.7 completions on 34.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 51.6 per game. The Mountaineers allowed 158.8 rushing yards per contest on 40.2 carries for a 3.9 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 51st in the country. West Virginia allowed 396.5 total yards per game for an average of 5.3 yards per play, which ranked 62nd in D-1. They forced 2.4 turnovers per contest and 6.3 penalties for 61.2 yards in each contest, ranking 96th in the nation.
Drew Lock finished his last game of last season with 83 yards through the air for Missouri. He completed 9 passes out of 27 attempts for a 33% completion percentage. The Tigers were led in rushing by Ish Witter, who finished with 33 yards on 6 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. Wesley Leftwich was the team leader in receiving with a total of 49 yards and 3 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 16 yards per reception. As a team in that game Missouri got a total of 8 first downs by way of 5 rushing, 3 passing, and 0 by penalty. They ran 52 total plays for 171 yards for the game. The Tigers ran for 88 yards on 25 attempts.
Skyler Howard finished his last game of last season with 532 yards through the air for West Virginia. He completed 28 passes out of 51 attempts for a 55% completion percentage. The Mountaineers were led in rushing by Wendell Smallwood, who finished with 72 yards on 13 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. Shelton Gibson was the team leader in receiving with a total of 143 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 36 yards per reception. West Virginia got a total of 29 first downs by way of 8 rushing, 20 passing, and 1 by penalty. They ran 84 total plays for 676 yards for the game. The Mountaineers ran for 144 yards on 33 attempts.
Missouri Betting Trends
Missouri were 1-11-0 against the over/under last season
Missouri had an ATS record of 3-9-0 last season
West Virginia Betting Trends
West Virginia were 4-9-0 against the over/under last season
West Virginia had an ATS record of 5-8-0 last season
Injuries to Watch
08/25/16 HB Ish Witter Knee probable Saturday vs. West Virginia
08/25/16 OL Tanner Owen Illness "?" Saturday vs. West Virginia
08/17/16 WR Nate Brown Ankle expected to miss 6-8 weeks
08/19/16 LB Brendan Ferns ACL out for season
08/19/16 RB Rushel Shell Head probable Saturday vs. Missouri
08/15/16 OL Adam Pankey Suspension expected to miss Saturday vs. Missouri
08/14/16 DB Dravon Askew-Henry ACL out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Missouri
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