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Early Win Total Projections Suggest WVU Football to Decline in 2024

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Early projections will allow Neal Brown to sell his team on proving doubters wrong once again. Despite coming off a 9-win season in 2023, oddsmakers with Circa Sports only have the over/under for the WVU win total in 2024 at 6.5.

While this is a jump from 4.5 where it ended up going into last season, this still suggests a belief that the Mountaineers will do the exact opposite of building on a successful and be fighting for bowl eligibility instead.

There’s still a whole summer and fall camp between now and when WVU kicks off the new season by welcoming Penn State to Milan Puskar Stadium, but these odds show how some around the country view the current team.

And the first loss is expected to happen right away. The game being in Morgantown isn’t enough for DraftKings to give West Virginia much of a chance to beat. While the Mountaineers are not as big of an underdog as last season, the way-too-early line has PSU favored by 12.5.

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

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.

Fans may argue the Mountaineers are being disrespected, but Brown and the rest of the coaching staff prefer to be the underdog. However, the low projection is interesting because most of the key players are returning and the schedule is arguably similar than last year.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Richard I Lee

    May 13, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    No surprise. We’re West Virginia after all.

  2. Nazmo King

    May 13, 2024 at 4:56 pm

    This year’s team is likely improved very slightly and will likely finish with a worse record because last year’s schedule was very soft.

  3. Buzz collins

    May 14, 2024 at 4:44 pm

    That’s tough/tuff

  4. DOUGLAS SEPIC

    May 14, 2024 at 11:09 pm

    It was time for a coaching change last year. Brown literally lucked out with at least 3 of last year’s wins, thereby saving his job. I’m confident that even if WVU wins only 4 games next season, neither Gee nor Baker will fire Brown. All 3 of them are worthless.

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