The West Virginia sports betting market seems to get stronger every week.
The presence of two online sportsbooks drove the WV market to accept more bets and earn more money than any other week in its 13-month existence.
Bettors in WV were extremely patient waiting for online sports betting to return. It paid off, too. They were rewarded with two of the best to launch in any market:
While growing the industry to include online sports betting apps is a major factor, the fact that the football season is in full swing helps tremendously. The NFL along with WVU football are two of the most wagered on listings in the state.
The Mountaineers got back on track in a big way last week against NC State. They were able to please bettors and their home crowd in Morgantown with an upset victory over the Wolfpack. WVU was a seven-point underdog entering the contest.
Marshall was also able to grab another good win. It took down the Ohio Bobcats 33-31, improving its record, like WVU, to 2-1 for the season.
In the NFL, it appears that injuries will play a big role in determining the outcome of the year. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Ben Roethlisberger for the season with an elbow injury, while the Saints will be without Drew Brees for at least the next six weeks, too.
Let’s take a look at all of the local football action taking place this weekend and review the odds and lines available at online sportsbooks in WV.
WVU heads into college football’s fourth week with some real confidence. Earning the win in its first game of the year was nice, but the team didn’t play overwhelmingly great.
However, this past week against NC State was much different. Quarterback Austin Kendall had coach Neal Brown’s new offense firing on all cylinders.
Kendall threw for 272 yards and the running game averaged over six yards per carry to create a balanced attack that could not be stopped. The performance was definitely encouraging from the quarterback, but it was clear how much a successful ground game could help.
Despite a lackluster rushing attack in their first two games, the Mountaineers committed to the run against the Wolfpack. As a team, they carried the ball 28 times for 173 yards.
This caused problems for the opposing defense and allowed WVU’s inexperienced quarterback to settle in with more time in the pocket. Kendall had his best game thus far, providing hope that this season could be better than expected.
This week, the Mountaineers begin Big 12 Conference play as they travel to Kansas to battle the Jayhawks. KU has been in the basement of the conference the last few years, but it too has hope thanks to new coach Les Miles.
Coach Miles is a college coaching legend. He led the LSU Tigers to the National Championship in 2007.
Although his job has just begun, it seems he’s on his way to turning around the Jayhawk football program. Kansas enters Week 4 with a 2-1 record as well, coming off a commanding victory against Boston College, 48-24.
WVU will travel to Lawrence as road favorites in this matchup. Even though that may deter some bettors, this team was awfully impressive a week ago.
If the offense can continue doing some of the things it showed last week, WVU has a great shot to get its record to 3-1. With a daunting schedule ahead, it’s important for the Mountaineers to get a conference win against one of the lesser Big 12 opponents.
WVU football betting odds
Here are the betting odds for the WVU game, according to DraftKings and FanDuel:
WVU vs. Kansas
- WVU -4.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: -177
- Kansas +4.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: +143
- WVU -4 (-110)
- Moneyline: -190
- Kansas +4 (-110)
- Moneyline: +160
Marshall Thundering Herd
The other major WV football program is also off to a solid start in 2019. Marshall won again this past weekend, defeating Ohio by two points in what was a highly competitive game.
Even though it was a total team effort, a few individuals stood out for the Thundering Herd on offense this week. Quarterback Isaiah Green was the main catalyst again, throwing for over 200 yards, rushing for 50, while not turning the ball over once.
Green is just a sophomore, but he’s proving he can be someone the team relies on each and every week.
He did have some help in the winning effort, though. Brenden Knox accounted for 133 rushing yards on just 16 attempts and Xavier Gaines added 105 all-purpose yards including two touchdowns.
Gaines caught the game-winning 43-yard touchdown pass with less than eight minutes remaining. Marshall’s defense was able to stop Ohio from scoring to secure the Herd’s second win of the season.
Unfortunately for bettors, Marshall has a bye this week. It will return to action on Sept. 28 when it takes on the Cincinnati Bearcats at home.
NFL Week 3
The NFL season enters its third week of regular season play with a lot of teams uncertain about how the next few months are going to look. As with any level of football, injuries are a large part of the game and can significantly affect any team.
The Pittsburgh Steelers may have suffered the worst injury of the year when their quarterback was deemed out for the remainder of the season. Big Ben hurt his elbow on his throwing arm in a non-contact play on Sunday.
Pittsburgh will try to recover from its massive loss and 0-2 record this week when it plays San Francisco. The Niners are on the opposite end of the spectrum, with a finally healthy Jimmy Garoppolo and a 2-0 record. The Steelers are 6.5-point underdogs.
Cleveland will try to win its second-consecutive game on Sunday Night Football against the LA Rams. Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Nick Chubb propelled the Browns to their first win this past week over the struggling Jets.
Despite being home, Cleveland is three-point underdogs as well.
The Washington Redskins will be looking to get into the win column when they host the Bears this upcoming Monday night. They’ve lost to division foes Philadelphia and Dallas thus far.
Like the other local NFL sides, Washington is receiving four points in its game with Chicago.
The Cincinnati Bengals are another squad trying to break the losing streak. They got blown out against San Francisco after nearly beating Seattle on the road.
Cincinnati is getting just under a touchdown point spread on the road in Buffalo on Sunday.
NFL Week 3 betting odds
The following are the betting odds for the local NFL teams heading into Week 3 according to DraftKings:
Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Rams
- CLE +3 (-108)
- Moneyline: +138
- LA -3 (-113)
- Moneyline: -167
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49ers
- PIT +6.5 (-114)
- Moneyline: +210
- SF -6.5 (-107)
- Moneyline: -265
Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears
- WAS +4 (-110)
- Moneyline: +163
- CHI -4 (-110)
- Moneyline: -200
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills
- CIN +6 (-115)
- Moneyline: +200
- BUF -6 (-106)
- Moneyline: -250
Besides placing bets with DraftKings or FanDuel, bettors looking for a game-day retreat might want to head to one of the three casinos in West Virginia with an active sportsbook:
Additionally, more mobile sports betting apps are on the way.
It was recently reported that PointsBet Sportsbook will be joining William Hill Sportsbook as the two newest online sportsbooks to go live in the state.