It is an exciting weekend for sports bettors in the Mountain State.
West Virginia sportsbooks have several great markets to wager on, highlighted by the Masters golf tournament.
Since this year’s PGA Tour season was turned upside down due to COVID-19, the season’s most popular event was moved from April to November.
Besides the lack of azaleas, not much has changed at the Masters this week. The majority of the world’s best players are in Augusta, Georgia, looking to capture the green jacket.
As always, lots of eyes will be on Tiger Woods. Not only is he one of the most polarizing players on tour, but he’s also the reigning Masters champion.
Woods earned his fifth green jacket and 15th major title in 2019.
The event gets underway on Thursday and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
While the golf will receive plenty of attention, there is a full weekend of football, too.
The WVU Mountaineers look to bounce back after a tough loss at Texas. They’re back home in front of their fans in Morgantown this Saturday hosting TCU.
WVU is now 4-3 overall for the season and sits in the middle of the Big 12 Conference standings.
TCU arrives in town with an identical 3-3 conference record, coming off two straight victories. The Horned Frogs beat Baylor by 10, then followed that up with a 16-point win against Texas Tech.
According to the state’s online sports betting apps, the Mountaineers are slight favorites this weekend.
There is a lot of other college football betting available on the board, as well.
On Sunday, the NFL’s Week 10 takes the spotlight with another enticing slate of games. One of the top matchups features two local sides, with the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Let’s break down everything you need to know leading up to the Masters and this weekend of football betting.
Betting on the Masters
Despite being a little irregular, this year’s golf season was one to remember. Because the coronavirus caused so many cancellations, there were a lot fewer tournaments to participate in.
While this limited the number of events to watch and wager on, it actually made all the tournaments that were played that much better.
Typically golfers take time off in between the majors; this season, however, most of the best played in nearly every event when the PGA Tour returned to action.
Even though there won’t be fans in attendance, golf at Augusta National always feels important. There will certainly still be a championship atmosphere around the famous course this weekend.
WV sportsbooks have you covered for betting on the Masters. Besides providing futures odds, they offer golfer props, tournament props and a long list of matchups for bettors to place wagers on.
One of the most popular bets offered on DraftKings Sportsbook is the nationality prop. Here, you’re able to choose which golfer you think will finish the best among other players from the same country or continent.
Currently, the online sportsbook shows the following odds for which European golfer will have the best weekend:
- Jon Rahm +275
- Rory McIlroy +310
- Tyrrell Hatton +600
- Tommy Fleetwood +1100
- Matthew Fitzpatrick +1200
- Paul Casey +1400
- Shane Lowry +1400
- Justin Rose +1400
- Lee Westwood +1600
- Francesco Molinari +2200
There are also props for individual players. DraftKings shows the following odds right now for how many total birdies or better Brooks Koepka will record in the opening round:
- 0-3 +250
- 4 +275
- 5 +350
- 6 +450
- 7+ +550
New odds for the Masters will be updated throughout and refreshed prior to each round. Before the action gets started on Thursday morning, DraftKings lists the following players as the favorites to win this weekend’s major:
2020 Masters odds
- Bryson DeChambeau +750
- Dustin Johnson +850
- Jon Rahm +1000
- Rory McIlroy +1300
- Justin Thomas +1300
- Xander Schauffele +1600
- Brooks Koepka +1700
- Tyrrell Hatton +2500
- Patrick Cantlay +2800
- Jason Day +3000
- Tony Finau +3000
- Hideki Matsuyama +3000
- Patrick Reed +3000
- Bubba Watson +3300
- Collin Morikawa +3500
WVU vs. TCU preview
Saturday is highlighted by more than enough college football games to bet on.
Local fans will be interested to see if WVU can recover from a close loss last week. It can get back in the win column this weekend at home against TCU.
This appears to be a very close matchup on paper and one that might be decided in the final minutes.
At the moment, FanDuel Sportsbook has the Mountaineers laying -2.5 in the point spread. Their moneyline is at -160 to win the game.
The online sportsbook has TCU receiving the 2.5-point spread, with a moneyline of +130.
This week’s game total is lower than usual for WVU games. FanDuel has it set at 45.5 points.
If you think the Mountaineers will get off to a fast start, you can always wager on the first-half line. They’re giving -0.5 in the spread, and are also listed at -110 in the moneyline.
Bettors can take TCU’s first-half moneyline at +145, or the tie at +650.
Another quality game is between No. 10 Indiana and Michigan State. After a win over ranked Michigan a week ago, the Hoosiers are proving they are the real deal.
They’re now 3-0 so far this year, with an additional noteworthy win over Penn State.
Indiana will see if it’s up to the task in the Big Ten with an away game against the Spartans.
FanDuel is giving Indiana around a touchdown edge in the point spread. It has them laying -7.5, with a moneyline of -300.
On the other hand, Michigan State is getting the +7.5, while its moneyline is at +235.
The online sportsbook sees a few more points in this contest. The total is posted at 52.5 points right now.
NFL Week 10 odds
Once your Saturday full of college football is complete, you can turn your focus to the NFL on Sunday.
There are a total of 14 games this weekend, with the action beginning on Thursday night.
One of the biggest games of the week is between the Steelers and Bengals. Pittsburgh moved to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history by narrowly beating the Cowboys last Sunday.
This week, they’re facing some potential issues with positive COVID-19 tests, and the upstart Bengals coming to town.
Cincinnati got a big win over Tennessee in Week 9. It’s now 2-5-1 overall, but looking better every game.
Since quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is among the Steelers added to the reserve list, some books don’t have odds up for this one yet.
FanDuel does, though, and it has the Steelers giving -6.5 in the spread. You can also take Pittsburgh -290 in the moneyline, while the Bengals are at +235.
Bettors can choose from plenty of other game and player props, as well. FanDuel has the following odds for what the winning margin of this game will be:
- Steelers 1-13 +145
- Steelers 14+ +175
- Bengals 1-13 +270
- Bengals 14+ +1000
There will most likely be lots of betting on the game involving the Chargers and the Dolphins. Fans of college football may want to tune into this one, as rookie quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa will get together this week.
William Hill Sportsbook is giving the slight edge to Miami. It shows the Dolphins giving -2.5 in the spread, with a moneyline of -135.
Herbert’s Chargers are receiving the +2.5, while their odds to win outright are at +115.
The online sports betting app lists the game’s total at 48 points.
Like with most online sportsbooks, William Hill has odds up for a variety of game and player props. It has the following odds for what the first scoring play of the game is between Miami and Los Angeles:
- Dolphins touchdown +175
- Chargers touchdown +225
- Dolphins field goal +360
- Chargers field goal +375
- Dolphins safety +2300
- Chargers safety +2400
Additional NFL lines at WV sportsbooks
Washington Football Team +4.5 (Moneyline: +172) vs. Detroit Lions -4.5 (Moneyline: -205)
Cleveland Browns -3 (Moneyline: -178) vs. Houston Texans +3 (Moneyline: +150)
Baltimore Ravens -7 (Moneyline: -320) vs. New England Patriots +7 (Moneyline: +260)