The West Virginia Mountaineers are the main collegiate sporting attraction in the state as the lone Power 5 program. Legally betting on the Big 12’s Mountaineers in West Virginia is a tantalizing draw for residents.
Overall, West Virginia has won or shared 15 conference titles with a record of 763-506-45. Neal Brown is the current coach for West Virginia. The Mountaineers are coming off a 6-7 record in 2021. However, they’ve made a bowl game in seven of the last eight seasons.
West Virginia plays in Morgantown at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The program began in 1891. In 1919, they were anchored by the dynamic Ira Errett Rodgers, who was the first Consensus All-American in program history.
West Virginia was a program-best 10-0-1 in 1922 under Clarence Spears. Offensive tackle Russell Meredith was a First-Team All-American.
During Bobby Bowden’s stint (1970-75), West Virginia had only had one losing season. West Virginia went 9-3 and defeated NC State in the Peach Bowl in 1975.
During the Don Nehlen Era (1980-2000), West Virginia produced 14 winning seasons, 13 bowl appearances, and two 11-1 seasons (1988, 1993).
The 1988 squad featured All-American quarterback Major Harris and All-American linebacker Chris Haering. It was West Virginia’s lone trip to the national title game, a loss to Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
West Virginia captured 11 wins apiece and three major bowl victories (Sugar, Gator, Fiesta) in the last three seasons of Rich Rodriguez (2005-07). All-Americans included linebacker Grant Wiley, defensive back Adam “Pac Man” Jones, center Dan Mozes, and offensive tackle Ryan Stanchek.
Quarterback Pat White and punter Pat McAfee are some notable All-Americans from 2008-10.
Dana Holgorsen’s 2011 West Virginia squad went 10-3 and their 70 points in the Orange Bowl vs. Clemson set a bowl record. West Virginia joined its current conference, the Big 12, in 2012. All-purpose All American Tavon Austin was a national star in 2011 and 2012.
West Virginia’s biggest rival was Pitt for the then-annual Backyard Brawl. The rivalry will resume after 11 years when Pitt hosts West Virginia on Sept. 3. A popular way to bet on this game would be to use the total for combined points scored. This means that if the betting line is 50 points, West Virginia and Pitt would have to score a combined 51 points for the OVER to yield a successful bet.
Betting on the West Virginia Mountaineers in West Virginia
Betting on the Mountaineers at retail sportsbooks in casinos has been legal since March 2018. This was introduced via the Senate Bill 415 that was passed by a vote of 6-2. To the delight of residents, the first legal online sportsbook in West Virginia went live in August 2019.
The legal sports betting market in West Virginia is particularly active during the Mountaineers’ season. With a ton of exciting Big 12 matchups on the horizon, there should be plenty of action on the Mountaineers.