After several months of delay, the PGA’s best will finally descend upon Augusta National this weekend for one of golf’s majors. The 2020 Masters odds rest on the swing of Bryson DeChambeau, who could dominate the field.
The Mountaineers return to Morgantown this weekend, which has been a good thing for them all season. Week 10 of the NFL season has all of the regional teams of interest to the state in action, as well.
2020 Masters odds: Is DeChambeau the way to go?
He won the 2020 US Open in September. He enters the weekend with the longest average striking distance off the tee in the PGA at 344.4 yards. Can anyone slow him down this weekend?
While the rain-heavy forecast might delay things, West Virginia sportsbooks think the green jacket is DeChambeau’s to lose this year. He might be poised to win this tournament running away, but he doesn’t represent the best value for that very reason.
WV books have him as the outright favorite at +700 to +800, depending on the operator. There are reasons to consider other contenders in the field, however.
Dustin Johnson, who has the second-shortest odds at most books, is just off DeChambeau’s distance off the tee this year at 328.6 yards on average. That’s a crucial dynamic at Augusta, especially with the weather in play.
Jon Rahm, sitting as high as +1200 at WV operators, comes in with a lot of momentum. He has three top-five finishes in his last five appearances.
Finally, it would be foolhardy to dismiss the 2019 winner, Tiger Woods. He’s the last contender to win green jackets in consecutive years, albeit all the way back in 2001-02. If experience on the course means a lot to you, Woods may be worth a flier at upward of +3300.
Speaking of familiarity, that’s been a huge difference-maker for WVU’s football team in 2020. Fortunately for the Mountaineers, they’re set to play at home this Saturday.
Mountaineers look to stay undefeated at home
This season, it’s been as though the Mountaineers take an entirely different team on the road and field a better version of themselves in Morgantown. For example, they’re averaging 39.6 points per in four home games and just 17.7 in their three road games.
This week, WVU takes on the TCU Horned Frogs at noon ET on Fox. While the Mountaineers have a significant statistical advantage (271 yards allowed per game for WVU vs. 364.5 for TCU, for example), WV sportsbooks only have them as a 2.5- to 3.5-point favorite.
Given the Horned Frog’s struggles on defense and how much better the Mountaineers have played at home, the over looks good for this weekend. That’s hit in nine of the last 10 games WVU has played as a favorite.
Along the same lines, the Mountaineer spread is tempting, as well. For whatever it’s worth, WVU has covered in each of its last six day games against TCU.
Sunday’s day games in the NFL feature a clash between two regional teams and four other games of local interest. The best contest might be the Sunday night game, however.
Bengals at Steelers leads weekend’s NFL action
The Cincinnati Bengals have already pulled off one huge upset this season, but getting a win in Pittsburgh over the Steelers on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox would upstage that victory over the Tennessee Titans last week.
Pittsburgh is one of the strongest consensus favorites this week, sitting between -265 and -290 at various books. The 6.5-point spread does show Cincinnati some well-earned respect, especially since the Steelers are looking to move to 9-0 this week.
The Baltimore Ravens are just as big of a road favorite against the Patriots on Sunday night. The spreads get a lot smaller from there in earlier games involving regional NFL teams.
The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles both play at noon ET on Fox. The other thing they have in common is being 3.5-point favorites over the Houston Texans and New York Giants, respectively.
The Washington Football Team currently is a 4.5-point underdog to the Detroit Lions on the road. While Washington may not pull off that upset, WV bettors should not be upset for a lack of events to wager on this weekend.