- Minnesota has -200 odds to beat West Virginia.
- The spread for the game is set at 5 points.
PHOENIX – A Big 10/Big 12 clash between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and West Virginia Mountaineers will make up the 2021 Guaranteed Bowl. The bowl game is set to take place in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field at 10:15 p.m. EST.
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Minnesota Vs. West Virginia
- Minnesota -200
- West Virginia +170
- Spread: Minnesota -5
- Total: O/U 44.5
It is no surprise that online sportsbooks are heavily favoring Minnesota to come out on top here. They had a great season going 8-4 and finished in fifth place in the Big 10. As for West Virginia, they struggled a bit going 6-6, but also in fifth place in the Big 12.
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The current moneyline college football odds are different from when they first opened. Originally, Minnesota opened up as a -270 favorite while West Virginia was at +220. The odds to a big shift as the public laid tons of action on West Virginia. The Mountaineers have taken in 75% of bets on the moneyline.
Golden Gophers Digging The Spread
With the public having an impact on the odds, it also shifted the spread for this game from 7 points down to 5 points. This should be a great opportunity to get in on Minnesota to cover as they are one of the better teams against the spread this season.
The Golden Gophers went 7-4-1 ATS this season and covered by an average of 3.8 points. They also won their games by a 7.8-point average. They finished the season going 4-2 ATS in their last six games including covers in their last two.
As for West Virginia, they saw a different outcome with a 6-6 record against the spread and were failing to cover by 0.8 points. They did start off a decent 3-1 ATS in their first four games, however, to finish the season they went 1-3 against the spread.
Looking at the splits for the spread, even with the moneyline action leaning on West Virginia, the spread still shifted from 7 points to 5 points. On the spread though, the Golden Gophers are seeing 76% of bets placed.
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