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2020 West Virginia Mountaineers Football Betting Predictions

 
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West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Odds & Forecast

2020 West Virginia Win Total Odds

West Virginia 2020 wins: Over 6 (-103) or Under 6 (-120)

After having a five-year streak of going to a Bowl game snapped last season, West Virginia is projected to be scratching and clawing to get to that six-win eligible mark in the 2020 Win Totals Odds. The good news is that of the other two seasons they failed to make a Bowl game this century (2001, 2013) the Mountaineers program was able to bounce back the following year(s) with nine and seven wins respectively. Each would be good enough to cash this 'over' ticket.

2020 West Virginia Mountaineers Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sept. 5 vs. Florida State (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Week 2 - Sept. 12 vs. Eastern Kentucky
  • Week 3 - Sept. 19 vs. Maryland
  • Week 4 - Sept. 26 vs. Kansas State
  • Week 5 - Oct. 3 at Texas Tech
  • Week 6 - Oct. 10 vs. TCU
  • Week 7 - Oct. 17 at Texas
  • Week 8 - Oct. 24 vs. Kansas
  • Week 10 - Nov. 7 at Oklahoma
  • Week 11 - Nov. 14 at Oklahoma State
  • Week 12 - Nov. 21 vs. Baylor
  • Week 13 - Nov. 27 at Iowa State

However, the bad news is that the 2020 Mountaineers team starts off the year with non-conference games against Florida State, Eastern Kentucky, and Maryland, before diving right into conference play. Only three of the Mountaineers wins a season ago came in conference play, and none of them were by more then five points.

A bounce or two goes against them in those close games this year, and West Virginia gets beat down by the opponents that are “supposed” to do that like Texas and Oklahoma, then getting to a Bowl game might be an impossible peak to reach this season. Such a solid number put out here.




West Virginia head coach Neal Brown stuggled in his first season in Morgantown and not much improvement is expected in the 2020 college football season. (AP)

2020 West Virginia Game of the Year Odds

  • Week 1 - West Virginia (+3.5) at Florida State (-3.5)
  • Week 7 - West Virginia (+20.5) at Texas (-20.5)
  • Week 10 - Oklahoma (-15.5) at West Virginia (+15.5)
  • Week 11 - West Virginia (+12.5) at Oklahoma State (-12.5)
  • Week 12 - Baylor (-3) at West Virginia (+3)
  • Week 13 - West Virginia (+12.5) at Iowa State

Being in the Big 12 will always get you some eyeballs from the Game of the Year Oddsbetting market no matter where you are projected to finish within the conference and the Mountaineers are no different in 2020. That Opening Week game vs Florida State at a neutral site has the Mountaineers catching +3.5 points currently. That's also just the first of many games you can already get a line on in Mountaineers contests.

Those are a lot of hefty underdog lines on the Mountaineers in those games, which makes you really have to question where 6+ wins could actually come from.

West Virginia Odds to win Big 12 Championship

Yes (+2500)

When there are four teams in the conference with worse odds then that +2500 Future Odds price on West Virginia, you can start to see where some of the Mountaineers wins should come from (Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Kansas all have longer odds).

But if West Virginia is at or near the top of the heap in that group, they are still multiple levels away from the top of the conference that will be competing for this title and a likely CFB Playoff berth as well. The Mountaineers are at least a year away from seriously considering a 'yes' on this future prop.

West Virginia Odds to Make 2020-21 College Football Playoff

Yes (+4000)

No Big 12 title means definitely no CFB Playoff for any of the Big 12 teams in reality, and it just so happens that West Virginia is still far on the outside of even having that potential picture as a realistic talking point. Sure, the Mountaineers may stun a foe or two in conference play, and even take a bigger then anticipated step in their growth, but even with all that competing for a college football spot in 2020 just won't happen.

West Virginia Odds to Win 2020-21 College Football Playoff

Yes (+15000)

Can't win it if you don't get to it, and with the Mountaineers fitting the latter half of that statement, no further time is needed here.

West Virginia Mountaineers – Postseason Forecast

A postseason forecast for the Mountaineers is still completely in question because this team is going to have a time of it just getting eligible at six wins. If the Mountaineers can show that they can easily handle a non-conference schedule like the one they've got with at least two victories, and show up and shock a Big 12 rival or two, then landing exactly on six wins could be where this finishes. That's still closer to the best case scenario for them to really have complete faith in that being the case.

West Virginia Mountaineers Season Prediction

As much as a bettor wants to be extremely hopeful with this West Virginia program's 2020 prospects, when you take in all the information it's hard to be confident in that approach. They've got a win total that's juiced to the 'under' on a flat '6', have a non-conference slate that could send them spiralling downhill in conference play if it doesn't go well, and then have one of the better conferences to deal with from top to bottom, and they play everyone in the Big 12 no matter what.

That's not the prettiest of pictures, and throw on top of that all the lofty underdog spreads that have been attached to the West Virginia name for those bigger 2020 games and it might be that 2020 is another year where five wins is where this team tops out.

Heck, they gave a Top 5ish ranked Baylor team all that they could handle at home last year, Baylor lost everyone from that team, including their HC, and West Virginia has still opened as a home underdog in the rematch this year. If that line still has some inklings of last year's meeting shading it slightly West Virginia's way – given that they nearly beat Baylor at their peak and now host the Bears far from it – then that's even more telling that West Virginia is going to be in tough for 2020, because that suggests they should be even bigger home underdogs against a team that's actually got worse odds then the Mountaineers to win the Big 12.

Only way to really look at these futures for the Mountaineers is to look low on their win total of '6' and hope you don't push, or shop around and search for an even juicer 'under' 6.5 if you can find it.

2019 West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Recap

2019 was the first year in the Neal Brown era at West Virginia, and the team finished with a 5-7 straight up (SU) mark and weren't able to go bowling. 2019 was always going to be more of a rebuilding year then anything for the Mountaineers after what they lost in talent the previous year, between the lines and on the sidelines as well.

2019 TEAM SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Date Opponent Closing Line Total Result ATS
Aug 31 James Madison Dukes -7 52.5 Won 20 - 13   Push /  Under  
Sep 7 @ Missouri Tigers 13.5 62.5 Lost 7 - 38   Loss /  Under  
Sep 14 North Carolina State Wolfpack 7 46 Won 44 - 27   Win / Over  
Sep 21 @ Kansas Jayhawks -4.5 49 Won 29 - 24   Win / Over  
Oct 5 Texas Longhorns 10.5 62 Lost 31 - 42   Loss /  Over  
Oct 12 Iowa State Cyclones 10 55 Lost 14 - 38   Loss /  Under  
Oct 19 @ Oklahoma Sooners 32.5 63.5 Lost 14 - 52   Loss /  Over  
Oct 31 @ Baylor Bears 18 56.5 Lost 14 - 17   Win /  Under  
Nov 9 Texas Tech Red Raiders 2.5 57 Lost 17 - 38   Loss / Under  
Nov 16 @ Kansas State Wildcats 14 46 Won 24 - 20   Win / Under  
Nov 23 Oklahoma State Cowboys 6.5 55.5 Lost 13 - 20   Loss / Under  
Nov 29 @ Texas Christian Horned Frogs 13.5 43 Won 20 - 17   Win / Under  

It was a rough five-game stretch through October and then some that did the Mountaineers in last year, as all five games ended in defeat, although losing to the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, and Baylor isn't all that unexpected. West Virginia did give Baylor all they could handle @ Baylor in the 17-14 game, so it's not like there weren't positive signs going forward for the program either.

Mountaineers fans are hoping the growth of this football team continues on an upward trajectory in 2020, as they do want to be considered a weekly threat in the Big 12 once again.

Betting on the 2020 West Virginia Mountaineers

Where can I bet on the 2020 West Virginia Mountaineers football team?

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Legal Wagering in West Virginia

Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia started taking legal sports betting wagers in 2018 and that includes bets on college football teams like the Mountaineers.

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What’s West Virginia's point spreads for each of their games?

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