20* WVU/Clemson Orange Bowl No-Doubt Rout on West Virginia +3
West Virginia vs. Clemson,
01/04/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 70 - 33
Point Spread: +3/+105 West Virginia
While Clemson is the favorite in this game, I actually expect West Virginia to run away with this game. WVU has been one of the most underrated teams in the country all season, flying under the radar to win the Big East.
Clemson has been overrated since their fast 7-0 start. The Tigers have gone on to lose three of their last five overall, including 21 and 24-point losses to South Carolina and NC State, respectively. WVU comes in hot having won three straight to earn a share of the Big East title. Each of the Mountaineers' last four games have been decided by three points or less.
WVU ranks excellent in both major statistical categories on each side of the ball. The Mountaineers are 16th in the country in total offense (459.6 yards/game) and 27th in total defense (340.3 yards/game). The difference in this game will be defense, where Clemson ranks just 59th in yards allowed (379.4/game). WVU will get more stops than the Tigers will.
The Mountaineers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog of 0.5-3.5. WVU is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. a team with a winning record. The Tigers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East opponents. Clemson is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 bowl games as a favorite. Bet West Virginia in the Orange Bowl Wednesday.