Online Sports Betting Returns To A Full Slate Of Games For West Virginia Bettors

Posted on August 30, 2019

It couldn’t have happened at a better time. West Virginia welcomed not one, but two online sportsbooks just as one of the biggest weekends in sports gambling approaches.

The official return of college football is this Saturday, Aug. 31. Bettors in the Mountain State and others across the US got a taste of real football action as the season opened with Florida and Miami last weekend.

This week will be different, though. The WVU Mountaineers and Marshall Thundering Herd return to the field as both begin 2019 hosting FCS opponents.

The WV sports betting market should be flush with wagers thanks in large part to the launching of both FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook. WV residents had been without a mobile betting platform since March because of various complications.

The wait is over, however, and now bettors can place wagers from their couch as opposed to planning when they can make it to one of the land-based sportsbooks in WV.

Beyond the local college games, there’s plenty of NFL to bet on as well. Even though WV doesn’t have a team in-state, there are several in the region that Mountaineer fans root for on Sundays.

This weekend is the final round of preseason games as teams look to get right for the first week of the regular season. The NFL’s opening Sunday is on Sept. 8, but the year kicks off the Thursday prior with the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.

Let’s take a look at the exciting weekend of sports ahead and what betting options are now available for WV residents on their online sportsbooks.

WV football


  • WVU -7 (-110)
    • Moneyline: -295
  • JMU +7 (-110)
    • Moneyline: +230
  • Over 52.5 (-110)
  • Under 52.5 (-110)

The Mountaineers open the season in Morgantown against one of the best teams in college football’s subdivision. The James Madison Dukes come to town with hopes of starting their year off with a major upset.

The upset would only truly be by these program’s reputations, though. As you can tell by the game’s point spread, bookmakers expect this one to be closer than most fans might anticipate.

Neal Brown will lead WVU in his first game as head coach. He’ll be relying on Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall to take charge on the field as the newly appointed starting quarterback.

The first game of the year can be tricky for most teams that endure a lot of change in the offseason. If WVU doesn’t get off to quick start, it could find itself in a battle with a confident, veteran JMU squad. The Dukes return 10 of 11 starters on the defensive side of the ball.

This might be obvious, but the game’s outcome will probably come down to which team’s quarterback is able to execute better. WVU should win the game, but covering more than a touchdown could prove to be difficult.

Marshall vs. VMI

  • Marshall -40.5 (-110)
  • VMI +40.5 (-110)


  • Over 60.5 (-110)
  • Under 60.5 (-110)

The other collegiate game taking place in Huntington might have a different feel. Marshall starts out its new season at home against the Virginia Military Institute.

It’s possible that the Thundering Herd have this game wrapped up by halftime, as they’re favored by almost six touchdowns.

Despite this game probably not being a great indicator of how the entire year will go, it will allow Marshall to work on a few things. If Marshall plays the way it’s capable, then a lot of reserves should see a decent chunk of playing time in the second half.

Point spreads this large are always so hard to predict because Marshall could easily lose the cover by giving up a late score in garbage time. The good news for Herd fans is they shouldn’t have to worry about their team actually losing this Week 1 game.

NFL preseason

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers

  • PIT -3.5 (-106)
    • Moneyline: -186
  • CAR +3.5 (-115)
    • Moneyline: +150
  • Over 33 (-110)
  • Under 33 (-110)

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the top supported professional teams in WV. After an offseason full of addition by subtraction, they come into the year looking for another Super Bowl run behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

In their final preseason tune-up, the Steelers will take on the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton and company are hoping to find some magic again this year and make a trip back to the playoffs as well.

Most preseason games are nearly impossible to bet on with confidence because of so many unknowns. That might even more evident about Week 4 of the preseason.

Since most players of any fame or importance won’t be participating, it’s tough to know much. Both teams’ main goal will be to exit the game as healthy as possible.

Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens

  • BAL -5.5 (-110)
    • Moneyline: -245
  • WAS +5.5 (-110)
    • Moneyline: +195
  • Over 33.5 (-110)
  • Under 33.5 (-110)

The Redskins enter 2019 with plenty of uncertainty. They drafted quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round of the draft, but are planning on starting Case Keenum in Week 1.

Baltimore has higher hopes before the season, as it will look to build on Lamar Jackson’s rookie year and playoff appearance a year ago.

The Ravens come into this matchup as 5.5-point favorites as they will look to finish off a perfect preseason with an undefeated record.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts

  • CIN -3 (-110)
    • Moneyline: -167
  • IND +3 (-110)
    • Moneyline: +138
  • Over 33.5 (-110)
  • Under 33.5 (-110)

The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to climb out of the AFC North basement this season. They might have problems doing so, however, because this is one of the best divisions in all of football.

Pittsburgh and Baltimore have been good for the last decade and now the Cleveland Browns are even on the rise.

The Bengals will finish their preseason schedule against a team that’s been in the news often lately. The Indianapolis Colts just found out this weekend that 29-year-old QB Andrew Luck was retiring from the league.

Cincinnati is three-point favorites at home as it looks to close out the preseason at 2-2.

Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions

  • CLE -4.5 (-110)
    • Moneyline: -240
  • DET +4.5 (-110)
    • Moneyline: +190
  • Over 33.5 (-110)
  • Under 33.5 (-110)

For the first time in a long while, the Cleveland Browns have a lot of hype around them entering a new season. With second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield and the new addition of Odell Beckham Jr. on the outside, there’s a lot to like about this team.

The Lions are looking to turn things around, too. Matt Stafford and crew also find themselves in the thick of a very difficult division with the Bears, Packers, and Vikings all having playoff-caliber rosters.

The two will meet on Thursday evening to play in their last dress rehearsal before the start of the year. Cleveland is 4.5-point favorites at home.

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Chris Imperiale covers sports betting and the online casino industries. He has a journalism degree from Rutgers University and was formerly on staff at Bleacher Report.

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