Football season has arrived – finally!
This weekend, WV sports betting customers can wager on the WVU Mountaineers, as well as a full slate of NFL Week 1 action.
Although it appeared like football might not happen at one point, West Virginia sportsbooks are pleased to provide a variety of odds for football’s opening weekend.
As if there wasn’t enough to bet on lately with the NBA and NHL playoffs, bettors now have the option to wager on football.
The state has seen a massive increase in bets recently, but football season should give an even bigger boost. Both NFL and college football betting are widely popular across WV.
The Mountaineers get their 2020 season underway with a home matchup against Eastern Kentucky. Sportsbooks show WVU as huge favorites heading into its opener.
Despite the wishes of many, there won’t be any fans allowed at the game for Week 1. The team does plan to permit fans inside Milan Puskar Stadium this season.
It’s possible that they could be let in as early as the Mountaineers’ next home game, on Saturday, Oct. 3. WVU takes on Baylor in its Big 12 Conference home opener that day.
After enjoying the Mountaineers on Saturday, online sports betting apps have plenty in store for NFL betting on Sunday. The opening week of the new season features 13 games on Sunday, with two more on Monday night.
It’s also easier to place an online sports wager now more than ever.
WV expanded its online sportsbook offerings last week with the William Hill Sportsbook and betly app. Now each of the five retail casinos in the state include a mobile sports betting platform.
Let’s take a closer look at WVU’s first game against Eastern Kentucky, and preview some of the best NFL contests in Week 1.
WVU Football Preview
Even with so much uncertainty leading up to the season, there is a lot of optimism around the football team in Morgantown. The Mountaineers and their fan base are ready to return back to their winning ways.
It was a tough 2019 campaign, however, it typically is with any first-year head coach.
The team clearly started to turn a corner towards the final month of the season and played significantly better. If that momentum can transition into this year, WVU could surprise some people.
This weekend’s meeting with EKU shouldn’t be much of a struggle. WVU should be able to impose its will in all facets of the game and should put this one away early.
It could be a great opportunity for coach Neal Brown to play more than his starters to get a real understanding of the team he has. Of course, practices and scrimmages have been limited due to concern about the coronavirus.
EKU actually started its year a week ago with a terrible showing against Marshall. WVU’s neighbor took out the Colonels 59-0 in a game that was over at the half.
The Mountaineers should be able to duplicate a similar performance.
Quarterback Jarret Doege will lead them into the new season hoping to continue his quality play from down the stretch. He led WVU to victories in two of its last three games a year ago.
For EKU, it will lean heavily on its running attack. Although it was losing for the duration of its opener, EKU ran the ball nearly twice as many times as it put the ball in the air.
Both Alonzo Booth and Quentin Pringle should see lots of touches.
An easier matchup should give WVU confidence moving forward with a difficult Big 12 schedule set to start on Sept. 26.
WVU Betting Odds
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Mountaineers have the following odds for this Saturday’s game:
- WVU -42.5 (-110)
- EKU +42.5 (-110)
- Over 57.5 (-110)
- Under 57.5 (-110)
Betting On The NFL
Once you’ve gotten your college football fix on Saturday, you can turn your attention to the NFL on Sunday. Surprisingly, the professional league was able to start its season on time, without the use of a bubble like others utilized.
The Kansas City Chiefs rose their first championship banner in more than 50 years on Thursday night to kick things off. They defeated the Houston Texans 34-20 in the first game of 2020.
While it appears the Chiefs will once again be a top Super Bowl contender, there is plenty of uncertainty around the rest of the league. This usually makes for an incredible opening week with lots of competitive games.
Week 1 this season is no different, as many teams square off against a divisional rival.
One of the most interesting early games is between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore is coming off a spectacular regular season in 2019 that had a disappointing finish. Still, the Ravens are loaded on both sides of the ball and most importantly have last year’s MVP in Lamar Jackson under center.
On the other side, Cleveland fell short of expectations again last season and have high hopes heading into this one. Its offense is full of firepower as well, with players like Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham, and Nick Chubb.
Based on last year’s showing, FanDuel Sportsbook lists Baltimore as decent favorites. The online sportsbook shows the Ravens laying -7.5 points, while the Browns are receiving the +7.5.
Bettors can take the moneyline for both sides, too. FanDuel has Baltimore with odds of -330 to win, whereas Cleveland is at +265.
There are also game and player props to wager on. The online sportsbook shows the following odds for which player will score the first touchdown:
First Touchdown Scorer Odds
- Mark Ingram +550
- Lamar Jackson +650
- Nick Chubb +850
- Mark Andrews +850
- Marquise Brown +1000
- Jarvis Landry +1300
- Odell Beckham Jr. +1300
- Willie Snead +1300
- Kareem Hunt +1400
- JK Dobbins +1600
Additional NFL Odds At WV Sportsbooks
Sunday’s slate of games also includes several other interesting battles. Each online sportsbook available in WV should provide multiple betting opportunities for every game offered.
You can always choose to live bet any of the NFL games, as well. With live wagering, bettors will find a variety of alternate lines and props with updated odds.
According to BetMGM Sportsbook, here are the current odds on some of the best matchups for Week 1 in the NFL:
Philadelphia Eagles -5.5 (Moneyline: -239) vs. Washington +5.5 (Moneyline: +195)
Los Angeles Chargers -3 (Moneyline: -167) vs. Cincinnati Bengals +3 (Moneyline: +140)
Dallas Cowboys -2.5 (Moneyline: -150) vs. Los Angeles Rams +2.5 (Moneyline: +125)
Las Vegas Raiders -3 (Moneyline: -162) vs. Carolina Panthers +3 (Moneyline: +135)
Pittsburgh Steelers -6 (Moneyline: -250) vs. New York Giants +6 (Moneyline: +210)