Dana Holgorsen is one of the worst coaches in college football against the spread.
The West Virginia coach is 25-38-1 against the spread since 2013. As CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli points out, that’s tied for second-worst mark in the country among those who have coached at least 50 games in that span.
From CBS Sports:
In 2011, Holgorsen was asked to leave a casino. Based on the way his team has performed against the spread the last five seasons, I hope he’s stayed away since. While the Mountaineers have gone a respectable 36-28 on the field over the last five seasons, they’re only 25-38-1 ATS in that span. They posted a winning mark of 7-6 ATS in 2014 (they were 7-6 straight up that season as well), but Holgo’s teams have gone 18-32-1 ATS in the other four seasons while never covering more than 5 games in any of those campaigns. Even in 2016 when the Mountaineers surprised a lot of people by going 10-3, they still only managed to go 5-7-1 ATS. Now there’s a lot of talk about West Virginia entering 2018 as a darkhorse in the Big 12, which makes me suspect another subpar performance ATS is on the way.
New Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin amassed an identical record to Holgorsen’s against the spread over the last five seasons at Texas A&M. The only coach with a worse record against the spread since 2013 is former West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez at 25-40 since 2013.
Holgorsen will probably need to reverse that trend this year if West Virginia is to make good on some of the early hype around the program heading into 2018. The Mountaineers are a popular dark horse pick to compete for the Big 12 title. But if they are constantly underperforming relative to projections, it will be hard for them to reach that potential.