The Big 12 looks to overcome a rough start to bowl season and we make picks on whether it will. Utah is the favorite, but does anyone think the Mountaineers can snag the upset? Find out below.
CHRIS: West Virginia
When tested, West Virginia came up short this season more often than not. That changes on Tuesday. WVU is an average Big 12 team, but Utah is a bad Pac-12 team, and the two conferences aren’t exactly even to begin with. I like West Virginia to focus on shutting down Utah on the ground, especially if they are without mobile quarterback Tyler Huntley. And while WVU hasn’t been great against the pass, Utah doesn’t exactly pose as a Big-12 caliber passing threat. The question will be whether or not WVU can generate any offense of their own, and that’s where I’m going to simply trust in Dana Holgorsen.
West Virginia comes into this game with many questions. Justin Crawford will be sitting out in preparation for the NFL draft and Will Grier has been ruled out with his broken finger. Chris Chugunov has not impressed me while filling in for Grier. The only way West Virginia wins this game is if their defense plays lights out and Kennedy McKoy goes off. With that said, I don’t expect that to happen. Utah will win comfortably amidst a sloppy offensive performance from the Mountaineers.
Give me Utah. There is some uncertainty at QB for both of these teams so far a game like that I will go with coaching. Dana Holgorsen is a good coach, but Whittingham has been better in bowls.
I’ve got Utah. WVU is without Grier and Justin Crawford, and ultimately, I just don’t think the Mountaineers are deep enough to compete with their backup backfield. Utah has been pretty bad in the back half of the season, but I think the Utes win a sloppy one.
— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) December 25, 2017