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West Virginia Mountaineers Football
Year 10 of West Virginia in the Big 12 is rapidly approaching, and the Mountaineers are still searching for their first Big 12 Championship Game appearance.
Coming off a 6-4 campaign in 2020 that ended with a win in the Liberty Bowl against Army, head coach Neal Brown’s men head into the 2021 season knowing that they’ll need to open the season with victories against Maryland and Virginia Tech to stand any chance at making a run to the College Football Playoff.
Keep reading for more information on the Mountaineers' schedule, national title odds, over/unders, player props, and more.
West Virginia Mountaineers Point Spreads
The point spread is a bet on the margin of victory of the game and whether or not the favored team will win by a certain number of points. West Virginia went 5-4 against-the-spread (ATS) in the 2020 season. The team favored against the spread has a minus sign (-) next to their point spread, while the underdog has a plus sign (+).
Here’s an example to illustrate the point:
- Pittsburgh Panthers (+5.5)
- West Virginia Mountaineers (-5.5)
In the above example, the Mountaineers are indicated as 5.5-point favorites against-the-spread. That means that for a bet on them to win, West Virginia has to win the game by six points or more. Conversely, bets on Pittsburgh as an underdog would cash if the Panthers were to win the game outright or if they could lose by five points or fewer.
West Virginia Mountaineers Moneylines
While the point spread is a bet on the margin of the final score, a moneyline bet is a wager on which team will win the game, no matter the margin of victory. Many new bettors find moneylines to be safer wagers, as they don’t need to worry about anything other than picking the winner of the game. Just like with point spreads, moneyline odds feature a minus sign (-) in front of the favorite and a plus sign (+) in front of the underdog.
From our earlier example, here’s what moneyline odds look like:
- Pittsburgh Panthers +170
- West Virginia Mountaineers -200
The odds written above are in American format, which should be read as expressions of $100. In this case, West Virginia is a -200 favorite, which means that it would take a bet of $200 to win $100 if the Mountaineers won the game. As +170 underdogs, a $100 bet on Pittsburgh would win $170 if the Panthers were to pull off the upset.
West Virginia Mountaineers Over/Unders
Bets on Mountaineers football don’t necessarily need to be tied to the winner of the game: Over/unders, also known as bets on the total, are wagers on the combined number of points scored between the two teams. Bookmakers hang a number, called the total, and bettors are invited to bet over or under that number.
If the total of a Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia game was 62, over bettors would need a final score that adds up to 63 or more points, whereas under bettors would be rooting for a final score that summed to 61 points or fewer. If the score landed right on the total of 62, all wagers would be refunded and the bet would push.
West Virginia Mountaineers Props
Bets that can’t be neatly folded into the categories of point spread, moneyline, or over/under are most often called prop bets. Props cover a wide range of markets; many prop bets are player props, which are most often bets on an individual player’s stat line, such as betting on WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton to go over or under a receiving yardage total or betting him to score a touchdown.
Other prop bets are on discrete event outcomes throughout the game, such as picking which team will win only the third quarter or betting on whether the coin toss will land on heads or tails. Prop bets vary across books, so always make sure to shop for the best number with the Action Network app.
West Virginia Mountaineers Futures
Future bets are almost self-explanatory: They are bets on events that will take place or conclude sometime far in the future, past the end of the next game.
One example would be betting on a Mountaineers player to win the Heisman: Even though you could make that bet today, the wager won’t settle until after the season. Other futures are tied to the team’s collective success over the season.
Common futures include betting the Mountaineers to go over or under a certain number of wins in the regular season, betting West Virginia to appear in or win the Big 12 Championship Game, or wagering that they’ll make the College Football Playoff or win the national championship. Make sure to read our sportsbook reviews to find the book with the futures you want to bet.