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Early Line Shows West Virginia as Heavy Underdog to Penn State to Open 2024 CFB Season

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Even though the college football season is still a whole summer away, it’s never too early for betting lines. The first line from a major sportsbook for the season opening game between West Virginia and Penn State has been released.

WVU being at home at Milan Puskar Stadium isn’t enough for DraftKings to not view Penn State as a heavy favorite. While the Mountaineers are not as big of an underdog as last season, the way-too-early line has PSU favored by 12.5.

After a 9-4 (6-3) season and a Duke’s Mayo Bowl victory, West Virginia is hungry to start the 2024 season getting revenge on the Nittany Lions. Penn State beat WVU in the 2023 season opener at Beaver Stadium 38-15. Penn State would finish the year at 10-3 (7-2), losing to Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl.

In addition to the 2023 game marking the first time two historic programs that share a region of the country faced off in decades, the night ended with some controversy.

Despite being up by two scores, PSU coach James Franklin decided to try to get another touchdown rather than take a knee, and Penn State succeeded, scoring with six seconds left. Brown didn’t like that too much.

“I wouldn’t have done it,” Brown said in his postgame presser. “But it doesn’t bother me. Stuff like that comes back around.”

West Virginia and Penn State are currently scheduled to play Saturday, Aug. 31. But there’s been talk of that game being moved to Thursday night, which could create some interesting scenes in Morgantown.

Below are some images from last season’s game.

WVU RB CJ Donaldson scores his first touchdown of the season and the first for WVU in the opening game versus Penn State. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Garrett Greene, Neal Brown, Chad Scott

Quarterback Garrett Greene celebrates the first WVU touchdown of the season versus Penn State on Sept. 2, 2023. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

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WVU Quarterback Garrett Greene picks up the first down with his legs versus Penn State. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Offense against Penn State

WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football vs Penn State

WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football RB CJ Donaldson

WVU RB CJ Donaldson takes the hand off from quarterback Garrett Greene in the first half versus Penn State Sept. 2, 2023. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Offensive Line

WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Sean Martin waving state flag

WVU’s Sean Martin carried out the state flag Game One at Penn State. WVSN photo/ Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football TE Kole Taylor against Penn State WVU Football against Penn State

WVU Football HC Neal Brown and OC Chad Scott

Head Coach Neal Brown and new Offensive Coordinator Chad Scott watch over warm ups prior to kick off with Penn State. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

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  1. Richard I Lee

    April 30, 2024 at 8:23 pm

    12.5 points is a heavy underdog??
    Naturally, I’d rather see it closer, but when the headline read “heavy underdog”, I thought it was at least 21.

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