Pass The Green Bean Casserole And Odds On Mountaineers Football, NFL Week 12, Please

Posted on November 25, 2020

It’s a holiday week and nothing will serve as a better bookend than the West Virginia Mountaineers‘ home finale. Maybe the 12th week of the current NFL season could compete for that distinction, but that depends on who you ask.

Saturday’s WVU football game could be the toughest test the Mountaineers have seen in Morgantown all season. Three regional NFL teams will be in action between Sunday and Monday night as well.

Handicapping the Mountaineers’ home finale for 2020

WVU hasn’t dropped a home game yet this season. Enter the 11th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ABC could be a huge difference-maker for both teams.

For West Virginia, going undefeated at home, notching a sixth win, and knocking off Oklahoma would be a big bowl game résumé boost. The Sooners need to win out to have any chance at a College Football Playoff spot.

Oklahoma has dominated this series of late, winning all five of the most recent meetings. Only the 2018 game, which the Sooners won 59-56, was decided by fewer than 20 points.

SportsbookMoneylineSpreadTotal
BetlyOU -350
WVU +450
OU -10.5 -110
WVU +10.5 -110
O 55 -110
U 55 -110
BetMGMOU -400
WVU +320
OU -11 -110
WVU +11 -110
O 54.5 -115
U 54.5 -105
DraftKingsOU -530
WVU +320
OU -10.5 -115
WVU +10.5 -106
O 54.5 -115
U 54.5 -106
FanDuelOU -450
WVU +330
OU -10.5 -110
WVU +10.5 -110
O 54.5 -110
U 54.5 -110
William HillOU -420
WVU +320
OU -10.5 -110
WVU +10.5 -110
O 55 -110
U 55 -110

How you bet this game depends on which team’s strength you believe will negate the other’s. It’s easy to argue that Oklahoma has the best offense the vaunted WVU defense has seen all year long. The Sooners come in on a five-game winning streak in which they’ve scored an average of 50.2 points per game. Oklahoma has covered in six of its eight games on the season so far.

However, you could just as easily make the case that the Sooners haven’t seen a defense like the Mountaineers’ yet this year. The over is just 5-3 in Oklahoma games and 4-4 in Mountaineers contest this season.

The total sits a bit higher than the average combined points per game in Morgantown this year (49.2). WVU has been at its best on defense in its home stadium, averaging allowing a mere 12.8 points per game.

Therefore, whether the over hits and whether the Sooners cover could come down to which team is able to shore up the weaker aspects of its game on Saturday. The same narrative could apply to three upcoming NFL games.

Odds for regional NFL teams for Week 12

The Washington Football Team takes part in the NFL doubleheader on Thanksgiving Day. That means the Sunday spotlight belongs to the four AFC North teams.

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers were set to be the Thanksgiving Day nightcap. However, several positive COVID-19 tests in Baltimore gave the NFL reason to postpone the game.

For now, WV sportsbooks have taken down their markets for the contest. After the league announces a new time and the Ravens announce more details about which players will be available, the operators should resume taking action on the contest.

In a 1 p.m. ET kickoff on FOX, the Cleveland Browns visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville has covered in each of its last three games against Cleveland.

It’s easy to believe these Browns are no jive turkeys, as this year’s squad is the best Cleveland has seen recently. However, the under has hit in four of the Browns’ last five games.

SportsbookMoneylineSpreadTotal
BetlyCLE -280
JAC +235
CLE -6.5 -115
JAC +6.5 -105
O 49 -110
U 49 -110
BetMGMCLE -275
JAC +225
CLE -6.5 -110
JAC +6.5 -110
O 49.5 -110
U 49.5 -110
DraftKingsCLE -278
JAC +235
CLE -6.5 -110
JAC +6.5 -110
O 49 -110
U 49 -110
FanDuelCLE -270
JAC +220
CLE -6.5 -105
JAC +6.5 -115
O 49.5 -110
U 49.5 -110
William HillCLE -275
JAC +235
CLE -6.5 -110
JAC +6.5 -110
O 49 -110
U 49 -110

Kicking off at the same time on CBS, fans will see how the Cincinnati Bengals‘ offense performs with Brandon Allen under center. This is a rare instance in which the New York Giants are a road favorite so far this season because of that uncertainty.

There’s more reason to believe in the G-Men this week. They’ve actually covered in each of their last eight road games and Cincinnati has dropped six of its last seven games to NFC opponents.

SportsbookMoneylineSpreadTotal
BetlyNYG -250
CIN +210
NYG -5.5 -115
CIN +5.5 -105
O 43 -110
U 43 -110
BetMGMNYG -250
CIN +200
NYG -5.5 -115
CIN +5.5 -105
O 43.5 -105
U 43.5 -115
DraftKingsNYG -265
CIN +225
NYG -6 -110
CIN +6 -110
O 43 -110
U 43 -110
FanDuelNYG -270
CIN +220
NYG -5.5 -120
CIN +5.5 +100
O 43 -110
U 43 -110
William HillNYG -265
CIN +225
NYG -5.5 -115
CIN +5.5 -105
O 43 -110
U 43 -110

If neither of those games tempts you like a second slice of pumpkin pie, then perhaps the Monday Night game will. The Philadelphia Eagles host the Seattle Seahawks, looking to hold onto their improbable lead in the NFC East.

It’s not often you can win three out of 10 games and be in playoff position. Philadelphia might have to secure a fourth win to stay there on Monday, however.

There’s reason to doubt that. Seattle has won nine of its last 10 road games against NFC East teams. That includes the past three away games against the Eagles.

SportsbookMoneylineSpreadTotal
BetlySEA -240
PHI +200
SEA -5 -110
PHI +5 -110
O 50 -110
U 50 -110
BetMGMSEA -250
PHI +200
SEA -5 -110
PHI +5 -110
O 50.5 -110
U 50.5 -110
DraftKingsSEA -240
PHI +205
SEA -5 -110
PHI +5 -110
O 50 -110
U 50 -110
FanDuelSEA -245
PHI +200
SEA -5 -110
PHI +5 -110
O 50 -110
U 50 -110
William HillSEA -245
PHI +205
SEA -5 -115
PHI +5 -105
O 50 -110
U 50 -110

This weekend also boasts the return of college basketball. WV sportsbook apps have promos for the men’s side of the game to celebrate the court warnings.

Men’s CBB promos at WV sportsbooks

The Mountaineers men’s basketball team played its season opener on Wednesday night and doesn’t play again until Dec. 2. There’s a ton of other action, however.

BetMGM is giving all customers with active accounts a free $10 bet. WV bettors can use that site credit to wager on any of the weekend’s games.

DraftKings Sportsbook offers a profit boost of 20% on any college men’s basketball parlay of at least four legs. Each leg must have odds of -500 or longer and the maximum wager is $50.

In a similar fashion, FanDuel Sportsbook has College Basketball Parlay Insurance available. Construct your parlay of at least five legs with odds equal to or greater than -200. If you hit on all but one of those legs, FanDuel will refund your loss in site credit up to $25.

No matter whether you wager on college hoops or the Mountaineers’ home finale this weekend, hopefully, you’ll be stuffing your sportsbook accounts with winnings that came as easy as pie.

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