As expected, it was a wild weekend of betting at West Virginia sportsbooks for the beginning of the football season.
Both NFL and college football betting provided plenty of excitement.
The WVU Mountaineers got underway with a great start to the season. They took out Eastern Kentucky by a score of 56-10 to win their only non-conference tilt this year.
Coach Neal Brown had his team hitting on all cylinders against an inferior opponent. The Mountaineers scored early and often and never worried about the outcome of the game.
Their defense was also spectacular, limiting EKU to just one touchdown all afternoon.
WVU outgained the Colonels by over 400 yards.
The win should give the team some confidence before it dives into what’s always a difficult Big 12 schedule. The Mountaineers have a week off prior to facing Oklahoma State on the road on Sept. 26.
While it’s unlikely the defense will be capable of duplicating this weekend’s performance against OSU, the offense can.
Quarterback Jarret Doege was outstanding and so were several of the running backs behind him.
Doege completed 19-of-25 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns in his 2020 debut. This was a great showing, however, it wasn’t more important than getting the run game going.
WVU rushed for more than 300 yards in total, with about 250 of those coming from Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield. If these backs can consistently contribute, the Mountaineers might find some success this season.
The 46-point win was just enough for WVU to cover the betting spread. It was laying around 42 points at the Mountain State’s online sports betting apps.
Of course, college football was followed by some incredible NFL action on Sunday.
Let’s preview WVU’s next matchup with OSU and the best games in the NFL’s Week 2.
WVU Football vs. Oklahoma State
WVU’s second game of the season will certainly be a much harder test than the first. It will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to battle the 11th-ranked Cowboys.
Unfortunately, WVU doesn’t have the convenience of starting its conference schedule with one of the easier Big 12 opponents.
The Cowboys are the third highest-ranked team in the conference, behind just Oklahoma and Texas.
WVU’s quality showing against EKU should help the team prepare, but the level of play is completely different in the Big 12.
OSU’s offense is led by running back Chuba Hubbard. He rushed for over 2,000 yards a year ago and is looking to win the Heisman this season.
The Cowboys will try to get Hubbard the ball as often as possible. The junior is a receiving threat out of the backfield, too. He was fourth overall on the team in catches in 2019.
Oklahoma State’s quarterback, Spencer Sanders, is also a solid runner. Sanders threw for over 2,000 yards last season, but he rushed for more than 600 yards, as well.
WVU will need its defense to show up big time to have an opportunity to win. Players like linebacker Tony Fields II and safety Alonzo Addae need to have productive games around the line of scrimmage.
This week, the two combined for 17 total tackles against the Colonels. If they’re able to put up similar statistics against OSU, the Mountaineers could have a chance.
There’s no betting line out for this game yet. Oklahoma State opens its season this weekend with a home tilt against Tulsa.
Mountaineers fans should expect to see WVU receiving a fair amount of points for this one, though.
ESPN’s Football Power Index only gives the Mountaineers about a 25% chance to return to Morgantown at 2-0.
Week 2 NFL betting at WV sportsbooks
If the second week of the NFL season is anywhere near as good as its first, then football fans are in for a great weekend. After enjoying WVU and lots of other major college programs kick off their year on Saturday, sportsbooks feature 14 more NFL games this Sunday.
Week 2 gets started on Thursday night with the battle for Ohio. Although there’s not a professional team in WV, many follow both the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals closely.
The two teams will meet in primetime after very disappointing losses in Week 1.
Cleveland was upended by rival Baltimore and never really had a chance at winning. It lost 38-6.
Cincinnati blew a fourth-quarter lead and missed a late field goal to spoil a great NFL debut for rookie Joe Burrow.
One team will escape the Thursday night affair with a victory, while the other will fall to 0-2 and into an early hole.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Browns are the favorite to get in the win column. The online sportsbook shows Cleveland giving -6 points, with a moneyline of -250.
On the other hand, you can take the Bengals receiving +6, or their moneyline with odds of +215.
DraftKings also includes several game and player props for this enticing matchup.
Bettors can put money down on what the first scoring play will be. Currently, DraftKings has the following odds in place:
- Browns Touchdown +160
- Bengals Touchdown +280
- Browns Field Goal +290
- Bengals Field Goal +440
- Browns Safety +5000
- Bengals Safety +5000
One of the most popular player props offered for every game is which player will score the first touchdown. Bettors in WV can put action down on these odds right now for the Cleveland vs. Cincinnati game:
First Touchdown Scorer
- Nick Chubb +450
- Joe Mixon +700
- Kareem Hunt +900
- Odell Beckham Jr. +900
- Jarvis Landry +1100
- Austin Hooper +1300
- J. Green +1300
- Tyler Boyd +1600
- Joe Burrow +2200
- John Ross +2500
Cowboys vs. Falcons betting for WV sports betting fans
Another notable game this weekend is between two more teams that lost their opener.
The Dallas Cowboys lost in the final minutes to the Rams, while the Falcons were defeated at home by the Seahawks.
FanDuel Sportsbook lists Dallas as slight favorites at home. The Cowboys are laying -4.5 points, with a moneyline of -210.
Atlanta is getting the 4.5 points, while its moneyline has odds of +176.
Based on last week’s results, this one should have lots of scoring. Both defenses gave up big plays consistently, so look for that to continue with two great offenses going at it.
FanDuel shows the game total at 52.5 points. This number appears like it could be on the move, however, as the Over is leaning at -115, and the Under is at -105.
You’re able to wager on many other lines for this game, as well. FanDuel has the following odds on what the winning margin is on Sunday:
- Cowboys 1-6 +340
- Falcons 1-6 +430
- Cowboys 7-12 +470
- Cowboys 13-18 +600
- Falcons 7-12 +800
- Cowboys 19-24 +1000
- Falcons 13-18 +1500
- Cowboys 25-30 +1600
The online betting app also has preloaded parlays set up. It provides odds for every possible outcome for the game:
- Cowboys -4.5 / Over 52.5 +250
- Falcons +4.5 / Over 52.5 +260
- Falcons +4.5 / Under 52.5 +270
- Cowboys -4.5 / Under 52.5 +280
Betting odds at WV sportsbooks
Now that online sportsbooks have expanded in WV, bettors have more options to find the best odds.
Besides DraftKings and FanDuel, residents in the state can download any of these online sportsbooks:
With another full 16-game slate available in Week 2, there are more than enough NFL games to bet on.
The following are the odds for a few of the other most popular games at WV sportsbooks according to BetMGM:
Arizona Cardinals -6.5 (Moneyline: -295) vs. Washington +6.5 (Moneyline: +240)
Baltimore Ravens -7 (Moneyline: -295) vs. Houston Texans +7 (Moneyline: +240)
Pittsburgh Steelers -7 (Moneyline: -334) vs. Denver Broncos +7 (Moneyline: +270)
Chicago Bears -5.5 (Moneyline: -250) vs. New York Giants +5.5 (Moneyline: +210)