The West Virginia sports betting market is busy once again. As the WVU Mountaineers football season is nearing the final stretch, the basketball season is just getting started.
The same goes for the teams in Huntington. Both the Marshall football and basketball teams have been in action lately.
Despite it being a rough year in general, the Mountaineers had a great weekend on the gridiron. They beat Kansas State on the road, 24-20, breaking their five-game losing streak.
The victory was amazing for WVU, as well as those who bet on the football team. Beyond escaping with a win, the Mountaineers helped their backers at WV sportsbooks.
WVU wasn’t just an underdog, it was receiving around two touchdowns in the point spread from KSU. With the win, bettors in the Mountain State could have even cashed in on the Mountaineers’ moneyline at around +450.
The Thundering Herd also had a productive weekend. They won their fifth game in a row in a lopsided defeat of Louisiana Tech. While Marshall was favorites, sportsbooks weren’t anticipating a blowout.
Marshall easily covered its 6.5-point spread and won 31-10.
Although the Herd have had a little more success than WVU in football this year, it’s been the opposite thus far on the hardwood.
WVU is off to a 3-0 start thanks to its latest win over Northern Colorado. It managed an eight-point home win in front of the fans at the WVU Coliseum Monday night.
Marshall won its first game of the year but has dropped the last three. The Herd lost by 10 in their last matchup with Charleston, failing to cover the 2.5-point spread.
WV football betting odds
Betting on the local college teams has never been easier in WV since online sports betting apps have re-emerged. Bettors across the state can use both online sportsbooks to wager whenever they’d like right from their mobile device.
Here are this week’s odds according to both online platforms available in WV:
|WVU vs. Oklahoma State
|Marshall vs. Charlotte
Now, let’s take a deeper look at the previous results and provide a betting preview of the major college games taking place this week in WV.
WVU football predictions
After taking a tough loss to Texas Tech at home a week ago, many didn’t think WVU could win against KSU. The Mountaineers played one of their best games of 2019 and beat a ranked team on the road to improve to 4-6 overall.
A big fourth quarter led the Mountaineers and coach Neal Brown to just their second Big 12 win of the season. Although the offense didn’t light up the scoreboard, quarterback Jarret Doege did enough to win his first game of the year.
Doege got the start ahead of Austin Kendall and took full advantage. He passed for 234 yards on 20 of 30 passing and added three touchdowns in the win.
The Mountaineers were trailing 20-13 entering the fourth quarter. WVU outscored the Wildcats 10-0 in the final quarter thanks to two massive plays.
Kicker Casey Legg hit a 51-yard field goal to close the gap to three. Then about three minutes later, Doege connected with Bryce Wheaton on a 50-yard touchdown strike.
WVU held onto the lead late as senior cornerback Hakeem Bailey intercepted the ball with only a few seconds remaining.
Coach Brown was pleased with his team and their performance. According to the Associated Press, he said:
“This is a huge win. It felt like a long time coming.”
WVU will look to keep up the quality play as it battles Oklahoma State this Saturday. The Mountaineers will be underdogs once again at home in Morgantown, but by only around a touchdown this week.
Oklahoma State comes into this one tied for third in the conference with a 7-3 record overall. The Cowboys are riding a three-game winning streak after taking out Kansas at home on Saturday.
Quarterback Spencer Sanders and running back Chuba Hubbard pace OSU.
Hubbard’s been tremendous this year running the football. He’s totaled over 1,700 rushing yards to go along with 20 touchdowns.
If the Mountaineers want to continue their winning ways, they’ll need to limit OSU’s ground game. If both Hubbard and Sanders can get what they want with the run, then it might be a long afternoon in WV.
Marshall Football Covers Again
As WVU is trying to keep its head above water in the Big 12, Marshall football is looking to win Conference USA. The Thundering Herd took a major step toward that accomplishment by handily beating Louisiana State last weekend.
The 21-point win is Marshall’s fifth in as many games as the team now sits tied atop the conference with a 5-1 record. Even though Marshall was a favorite coming into this home matchup, few thought it would be such a large victory.
Prior to the defeat, Louisiana Tech was 8-1 overall and undefeated in conference play. Its only previous loss was to Texas in the season opener.
Following a slow first quarter, the Herd had a very productive second quarter. They won the 15 minutes by a score of 17-0 due to two touchdowns in the final five minutes.
Quarterback Isaiah Green threw for over 200 yards and scored twice while running back Brenden Knox rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns as well.
On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Tavante Beckett had himself a game. He accounted for 13 total tackles to go with a pass deflection and a fumble recovery. Marshall’s defense has now only given up 17 points in its last two games combined.
This week, the Herd are on the road as they travel to play the Charlotte 49ers. Charlotte is 5-5 overall and 3-3 in C-USA. After a tough stretch, the 49ers have won three straight games and are fighting for bowl eligibility.
Quarterback Chris Reynolds leads Charlotte with more than 2,500 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns. In its last game against UTEP, Reynolds gained 445 yards from scrimmage in Charlotte’s comeback victory.
Although Reynolds will make his mark on the game, Marshall should have enough to get its eighth win of the season Saturday. The Herd are favorites by about a touchdown this week.
Mountaineers Hoops Preview
Sportsbooks have been filled with plenty of action on college basketball now that the season has started. Although WVU fans haven’t had the best experience with WVU football this year, perhaps the basketball season will be more exciting.
The Mountaineers are off to a 3-0 start to 2019 and are building some confidence in the young season. Despite not covering the point spread in their latest win over Northern Colorado, coach Bob Huggins couldn’t have asked for a better start.
Through three contests, WVU has shown it can score in a lot of different ways. Four Mountaineers nearly average over 10 points per game.
Guard Jermaine Haley is currently the team scoring leader with 12.7 points. He also averages almost nine rebounds and two steals as well.
The most exciting player on the roster might be Oscar Tshiebwe, though. The freshman is almost averaging a double-double with 9.7 points and rebounds per game. He’s WVU’s leader in blocks, too.
The Mountaineers will look to make it four straight wins to start the year when they take on Boston University Friday night. BU is 3-2 so far in the season.
Although there is no betting line out right now, expect WVU to be sizable favorites at home. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Mountaineers have better than an 87% chance of winning.
Thundering Herd Basketball
Marshall basketball lost its last three matchups, but have a lot of time to turn things around. After playing Notre Dame close and easily covering the 19-point spread, the Herd disappointed against Charleston. They were only 2.5-point underdogs but failed to keep it close in the second half.
Two guards have been carrying the scoring load through the first two weeks of 2019. Jarrod West and Taevion Kinsey are averaging a combined 34 points per game.
They’re each shooting it efficiently as well. West leads the team in field goal percentage at 54.8% and Kinsey is among the leaders at 45.9%.
Marshall’s next basketball game is Thursday night against Howard. It should be able to get on track in front of the home fans in Huntington as Howard shouldn’t be much of a threat. The Bison are 0-5 to start the season.
While there are no odds available for this game yet either, fans should expect a similar line to the WVU vs. BU game. ESPN’s Basketball Power Index gives Marshall more than a 90% shot of beating Howard.