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Betting Lines Move to Favor Mountaineers in Backyard Brawl



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The national oddsmakers were split when the first Backyard Brawl odds earlier this week, but as game day has arrived, West Virginia is now expected to come away with a win.

WVU is now set as nearly a field goal favorite over Pitt tonight — with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. under the lights at Milan Puskar Stadium.

DraftKings has moved the line to hold WVU as 2.5-point favorites, with bets for either side to cover holding -110 odds. The over/under is set at 47.5 points, with either option holding -110 odds. A bet on Pitt to win outright holds +114 odds.

FanDuel continues to hold WVU as a 2.5-point favorite (with -104 odds for Pitt to cover, and -118 odds for WVU to cover), and like DraftKings, sets the over/under at 47.5 points. Both bets currently hold -110 odds. A bet on Pitt to win outright holds +126 odds.

Both West Virginia and Pitt are entering the week at 1-1, with wins over FCS opponents, and neither side has looked particularly effective this season.

West Virginia lost a Week 1 matchup against Penn State in Happy Valley, falling apart in the fourth quarter against the Nittany Lions, before rebounding with a 56-17 win over Duquesne over the weekend.

Pitt had a lot of questions to answer heading into the Backyard Brawl today after a lackluster showing against Cincinnati last weekend, and there wasn’t a lot of time to answer those questions this week in practice. But Pitt is certainly excited to travel down to Morgantown.

There will be a lot on the line for both Pitt and West Virginia this weekend, and it should be a wild night in Morgantown. After all, it is the first Backyard Brawl in Morgantown since the 2011 season.

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