College Football Betting Preview: WAC Season Win Totals, Play Over or Under?

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With all the shuffling in college football, it is easy to identify the obvious winners and losers. What is not in plain view is the biggest loser, the Western Athletic Conference. Launched in 1962, the WAC is entering most likely it final year as a football conference. Louisiana Tech has been enjoyed a few good seasons in the last couple of years and by default is the overwhelming league favorite. Long time also-rans Utah State, San Jose State, New Mexico State and Idaho are still in the mix, joined newcomers Texas State and UT-San Antonio, who begin their first year of FBS football. Like the Pontiac, the WAC’s time as football conference has come and gone with some great years, so let’s enjoy one more trip around. Here is a look at each team’s current odds to win the WAC title and their projection for season wins.

Louisiana Tech +105 (odds to win the conference) Projected win total Ov8.5

Louisiana TechWith all the movement, it is easy to overlook the Bulldogs are the reigning WAC champions and will try to make it two straight before heading to C-USA. Louisiana Tech should have ample offense punch with four big offensive linemen back, Colby Cameron at quarterback and All-WAC pass catcher Quinton Patton. Graduation took its toll on defense with six veteran players having used up their eligibility. Similar to last season, the Bulldogs have a rugged first month facing Texas A&M (at Shreveport), at Houston, at Illinois and at Virginia. They are capable of winning one of these contests which would leave them at 2-3 for September. Even against a much weaker rest of the schedule, nine wins seems ambitious.  3DW Position – Play Under

Utah State +320 – Un7.5

Utah State went to their first bowl game in 14 years last season and coach Gary Anderson wants to use that as a building block to win a conference title. The Aggies return six starting players from a year ago on each side of the line of scrimmage. Three offensive linemen and QB Chuckie Keeton are the important cogs in the offense and RB Kerwynn Williams has to make a name for himself. Utah State has to fill both linebackers spots on the inside of their 3-4 defense to come close to being equal to last year’s stop troops, who conceded the fewest yards in 13 seasons. The Aggies could reach eights wins, but that means defeating either of their state rivals Utah or BYU. 3DW Position – Play Over

San Jose State +320 – Ov5.5

For awhile, the fortunes of San Jose State loomed brighter with Michigan transfer Tate Forcier committed. However, his academic progress was reportedly not where it needed to be and he withdrew from school. Coach Mike MacIntyre instead will go with JC transfer David Fales and the offense might need time to gel. Because of injuries the past two years, a lot of young faces were thrown into the fire and that valuable experience should pay off with San Jose State having their best two-deep defense they have had in years. To reach .500, the Spartans have to win when favored at home and be victorious at UTSA or New Mexico State or both. 3DW Position – Play Over

New Mexico State +625 – Un5.5

New Mexico StateWith only seven returning starters, coach DeWayne Walker’s statement emerges as extremely optimistic. “As we start to prepare for September, I feel real confident we will have a solid football team.” The operative word is –solid – which can take on different meanings based on the facts. On offense, the Aggies could surprise with the return of QB Andrew Manley, who has all-conference potential coming off a torn ACL. There is nothing comforting about three defensive players coming back. For the first time in years, N. Mex. State has a schedule they can work with, yet with so many new faces, a .500 season is out of reach. 3DW Position – Play Under

Idaho +825 – Un4.5

Idaho averaged a paltry 20.3 points a game in 2011 and needs to upgrade that figure significantly to move into the upper echelon of the WAC. The Vandals have made former Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser their offensive coordinator in spite of him never holding the position at a collegiate level. Gesser will have a strong support group around him, but just five starters to work with. DC Mark Criner has a relatively deep and experienced group that should be better than the squad that allowed 33.3 PPG. Idaho has six demanding road encounters plus Texas State. It would be nice to think the Vandals could get to five wins or more wins by sweeping the contests at the Kibbie Dome, but they have enjoyed only three winning seasons there in the last decade. 3DW Position – Play Under

Texas State – 3.5

Texas State and their new WAC partner did not have odds to win the WAC as we went to post this article, but the Bobcats do have few good qualities to start football at the FBS level. Dennis Franchione, you remember that name from Alabama and TCU, is back coaching at this level. His club features a potent running game and senior signal caller Shane Rutherford is an exciting athlete. Nine defensive players are back, but moving to this level of football will expose their lack of speed. Texas State is playing a schedule above their talent pool and figures to struggle. 3DW Position – Play Under

UT-San Antonio  – Un4.5

It is really challenging to get a read on this football program, seeing it is just in its second year of existence. Another known quantity is the coach, with former Hurricanes main man Larry Coker taking on the task of building a program from scratch. The Roadrunners face a much more manageable slate than Texas State, with Rice their most strenuous non-conference test. Last season UTSA was 4-6 in their inaugural campaign and with more depth and experience, plus a friendly schedule, five wins is possible. 3DW Position – Play Over

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