West Virginia sportsbooks will have college football on the board in 2020. It is an unexpected but additionally fruitful byproduct of its unorthodox union with the Big 12 in 2012.
The league is one of the three Power 5 conferences moving forward with the season until more dire circumstances force their hand — though hopefully, they won’t.
Both the Big Ten and Pac-12 decided to fold before the ante was raised to that level. That brings us to the edge of what will be the most unusual college football season since the end of World War II.
What will the changes mean for WVU football?
WVU football lost a pair of non-conference games in the wake of the pandemic scheduling shakeup.
The Mountaineers will no longer play its season opener against Florida State and a home contest against Maryland.
Both games would have been in the toss-up category with potential losses, but more likely opportunities for quality wins.
Florida State is breaking in a new coaching staff, and the Terps were coming to Mountaineer Field for the first game of a home-and-home series.
The revised schedule is favorable to the Mountaineers. It includes six of the 10 games played in Morgantown, including five Big 12 games.
Oklahoma, the lone program West Virginia has not beaten since joining the Big 12, will visit Mountaineer Field on Thanksgiving weekend.
This could be an early upset special for WV sports betting fans looking ahead.
WVU will enter the game coming off a bye. The Sooners, on the other hand, will be fresh off of an emotional showdown with Oklahoma State that may well determine first place in the league.
What will the changes mean for WV sportsbooks?
Obviously, there will be fewer games to choose from each Saturday. Fortunately, the schedule includes enough teams to keep the season interesting.
The biggest changes are in futures bets, as WV online betting apps took College Football Playoff and Heisman Trophy futures off the board when the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceled.
However, you can still bet on the champions of the three remaining Power 5 conferences.
As is so often the case, Oklahoma is the heavy favorite in the Big 12.
West Virginia is a considerable underdog coming off a 5-7 season. However, there’s an interesting variance between two major West Virginia sportsbooks.
DraftKings Sportsbook currently has the Mountaineers priced at +2500 to win the Big 12, while FanDuel Sportsbook has them at +5000. For the record, BetMGM Sportsbook hasn’t posted any college football futures yet.