We are officially within a month of the beginning of college football season … woohoo! The WVU Mountaineers kick off the 2022 campaign on Sept. 1.
While the college sports landscape is in a state of flux, this year’s season should still resemble a normal year. WVU will play a regular schedule in the Big 12 Conference, prior to lots of programs scheduled to shift leagues in the near future.
Outside of the optimism every new season brings, there’s a little more buzz around Morgantown ahead of 2022. Part of that is due to new signal-caller JT Daniels in the gold and blue after transferring from Georgia.
Let’s examine the different betting options and how WVU football looks entering this upcoming year.
What are the WVU football futures at West Virginia Sportsbooks?
The Mountaineers will be looking to improve on a mediocre showing from a season ago. The team finished 6-7 overall after needing victories in the last two weeks of the regular season to become bowl eligible.
Unfortunately, the bowl didn’t go according to plan. The offense sputtered throughout the contest, resulting in an 18-6 loss to Minnesota.
While WVU managed just over 200 yards total in that contest, the offense could see substantial progress this year. Daniels is likely to provide an improvement on quarterback Jarret Doege’s production.
In 2021, Doege recorded a QBR of only 60.9, ranking him 66th among qualified players at the position. He beat out only one quarterback (Kansas’ Jason Bean) in the Big 12.
Although Daniels is far from a proven commodity, he has the potential to do a lot more for the Mountaineers. He committed to USC as an ESPN 300 recruit, then began 2021 as the starter for a National Champion contender. Before giving up his spot to Stetson Bennett (who posted a QBR of 86.7 last year), he started the season on the shortlist of Heisman candidates.
If he can find his groove, there’s no question the WVU offense should post bigger numbers.
An enhanced offensive unit, paired with lots of playmakers on defense, could lead to some surprising results. As always, nothing will come easy from within the conference, especially while Oklahoma and Texas are still members.
According to DraftKings WV, WVU owns the eighth-best odds to win the Big 12 title game at +3000. It finds itself ahead of just Texas Tech and Kansas to start off.
Like just about every other year, the Sooners and Longhorns are well ahead of the competition. The online sportsbook shows OU as the favorite with odds of +200, while Texas is right behind at +280.
Betting on WVU football
There are several additional markets for WVU backers to look at prior to the start of the new season.
DraftKings gives bettors a lot of options, including basically an alternate to the Big 12 championship. It gives odds for each to qualify for this title game, with the Mountaineers at +1200 to do so.
If you believe WVU has a shot at making the conference championship, then you probably think it might have a chance at the National Championship too. The online sportsbook lists odds for just about every college program, with WVU posted at +3000.
Obviously, this is a warranted long shot, as the Mountaineers feature the 46th-best odds to hoist the trophy this year.
Fortunately, DraftKings and other books in the state provide more realistic ways to wager on the Mountaineers. At the moment, DraftKings highlights the team’s season win total at 5.5. Both the over and under are shown at -110.
There’s even a category for conference victories. Bettors can put action down on the total of 4.5 Big 12 wins for WVU this year. The over 4.5 is at +165, compared to the under with odds of -205.
This is an interesting market that hinges on whether or not the Mountaineers produce a winning season within the conference. They have nine contests facing others in the Big 12, making a 5-4 record good enough to hit the over.
However, based on the odds to take the conference, the Mountaineers won’t be favored too often during these games. They will have an edge in the point spread for the tilts against Kansas and Texas Tech, with the home matchups involving Kansas State and TCU as the only other possibilities.
2022 Heisman Trophy odds
Despite the fact that WVU probably isn’t competing for a spot in the College Football Playoff this year, it could still have a successful season. Part of that hinges on the play of new quarterback JT Daniels.
Should the former Trojan and Bulldog find their way again, there’s no telling how this team might perform.
An optimistic sign for those in Morgantown is that their new QB is listed somewhat near the top of the odds for this season’s Heisman Trophy. According to BetMGM WV, Daniels is tied for the 11th-best odds to earn the award at +2500.
These odds put Daniels ahead of noteworthy players like South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler, Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Oregon’s Bo Nix.
Of course, having your name in the mix is much more important when November rolls around, but it’s a promising starting point for Daniels.
The last Mountaineer football player named a Heisman finalist was quarterback Major Harris in 1989. More recently, QB Will Grier placed fourth overall in 2018, although he wasn’t invited as a finalist to the presentation.
Daniels has the opportunity this season to get his name in lights, and a quality campaign could do just that. He’ll receive even more national attention if he can help lift the WVU program as a whole.