NCAA Football Odds & Preview — Virginia Tech Hokies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
NCAA Football Odds & Preview -- Virginia Tech Hokies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
The circumstances under which Will Grier left the University of Florida program were rather unfortunate, and he hopes that he has indeed found a new home with the West Virginia Mountaineers. He gets a quick and stiff indoctrination on Sunday as he leads his team against the Virginia Tech Hokies in a college football game that is set to begin at 7:30 PM ET at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. If you are a BetAnySports customer you can get some real-time action as you take advantage of what they have available through Live Betting Ultra.
Grier was heavily recruited and wound up at Florida, where he did not begin the season as the starting quarterback, but was very effective when he stepped in, winning all five of his starts and adding a different dimension to the offense. But then he got caught using a prohibited supplement and was suspended by the NCAA. He contended that what he took was over-the-counter and that he did not know it was on the “banned” list, and appealed on that basis. The appeal was refused, and he was suspended for what amounted to a calendar year. When he went back to talk to coach Jim McElwain at the end of the season, he really didn’t get the impression he was welcome anymore in the program, and so he executed the transfer.
If he wanted to throw the ball, he came to the right place. Dana Holgorsen has a wide-open offense at West Virginia, but it also includes a ground attack, and they’ve got a pretty deep backfield, including Justin Crawford, who ran for 1184 yards last season, more than any other returning back in the Big 12 conference. Also, receiver Ka’Raun White should emerge as the #1 target for Grier (48 catches, 583 yards last year). On defense things are going to be a little rough, because they have to replace eight departing starters.
In the NCAA football odds that have been placed on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Virginia Tech is the favorite:
Virginia Tech Hokies -5
West Virginia Mountaineers +5
Over 53 points -110
Under 53 points -110
Jerod Evans stepped in for Virginia Tech last season after a great year in the junior-college ranks, and he really assumed command, completing almost 64% of his passes with 29 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He ran for 1066 yards as well. So replacing him is not going to be easy. Joshua Jackson will have to give that a try, but he’s coming in as a redshirt freshman and the receiving corps is somewhat limited.
Virginia Tech did manage to run for more than four yards per carry for the first time in five years in the 2016 campaign, and it was a rather smooth transition from the Frank Beamer era to the tenure of Justin Fuente, who revived the program at Memphis prior to taking the gig in Blacksburg. The Hokies wound up as the ACC Coastal champions, losing 42-35 to Clemson, the eventual national champion, in the conference title game. Then they won the Belk Bowl over Arkansas. Bud Foster stayed on with Fuente as defensive coordinator, and he’s back again for his 23rd season with seven returning starters, so this should be a formidable group.
We’re very interested in watching Grier work, because we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg during his six games at Florida. Will this Hokie defense represent a threat he can’t handle? He should at least help keep his team close.
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