At first, oddsmakers couldn’t decide whether Miami or West Virginia was more likely to win the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Then, they favored the Hurricanes — however slightly.
Despite the fact it lost double the amount of games and is unranked, Miami (8-4) was a 1-point favorite over No. 16 West Virginia (10-2) on Monday afternoon. That’s according to VegasInsider, which called the line even after the matchup was announced Sunday afternoon.
Why are the odds in Miami’s favor? Perhaps the oddsmakers saw the Hurricanes’ four-game winning streak and felt better about the ACC than the Big 12. The Mountaineers lost in lopsided fashion to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and had close wins over BYU, Kansas State, Texas and Baylor.
Miami-WVU is predicted to be the tightest of the bowl matchups VegasInsider listed. The biggest favorite? No. 1 Alabama, which was a 16-point favorite over No. 4 Washington as of Monday.