Utah vs. West Virginia
Everything you need, including the line and how to watch the Heart of Dallas Bowl online Tuesday
It speaks to the success of each programs that we’ve become accustomed to seeing West Virginia and Utah on the bowl schedule. Both Dana Holgorsen and Kyle Whittingham, the coaches for these respective programs, are on a run of four-straight bowl s, meaning the postseason routine has not only become commonplace for fans but a crucial building block for the future with 15 extra practices and a chance to line up against a quality (usually Power Five) opponent on a neutral field. This year’s Heart of Dallas Bowl might be missing a few of the big names we saw from the regular season, but it’s also a preview of what to expect from each team next fall.
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 26 | Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
Location: Cotton Bowl Stadium — Dallas, Texas
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Utah: The fact that Utah got to a bowl game allows this team to reverse course and enter 2018 on a different note after a rocky and disappointing showing in Pac-12 play this season. After three straight seasons of strong play with nine or more wins and top-25 finishes, the Utes went 3-6 in conference play with four of those losses coming by eight points or less. Whittingham shouldn’t be disappointed with the quality of the play, but the consistency and ability to close out a win just wasn’t up to the level we’ve come to expect from this Utah program in recent years. So after nearly a handful of tough losses that had Utah fans pulling their hair out, the Heart of Dallas Bowl sets up well as a chance to serve as the building block to a bounce-back year in 2018.
Not only is West Virginia banged up, but its going up arguably one of the best bowl coaches in the country. With his 10-1 bowl record, Whittingham has the best bowl win mark (91 percent) in NCAA history and is tied for second among active coaches for most bowl wins (Nick Saban with 11 bowl wins is No. 1). The fact that Utah dropped six games in Pac-12 play is concerning, but given some time to get healthy and get right, I like the advantage on the sidelines and think Utah can win this game by a touchdown. Pick: Utah -6.5
So what side do you need to be all over in the Heart of Dallas Bowl? Visit SportsLine now to get a strong pick for Utah vs. West Virginia from insider Emory Hunt, who’s on a 14-5 run in college football against the spread picks.