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Where Does WVU Football Stand Odds Wise to Make College Football Playoff?

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With so much chatter, where does WVU Football actually stand in the minds of odds makers in 2024? Well, one major sportsbook has released their current odds for the Mountaineers.

Likely a bit lower than where West Virginia fans believe they should be, FanDuel has WVU at +1500 in terms of their odds to make the College Football Playoff. These odds suggest a similar prediction to the preseason Big 12 media poll, projecting West Virginia to finish in the No. 7 spot in the conference. And just like how the Big 12 media has Utah as the favorite to win the conference title in their debut season, the Utes have the most favorable odds at +260 to play for a national championship.

Some other notable odds for Big 12 teams include Kansas State at +310, Kansas at +700 and Oklahoma State and Arizona at +950.

Where Does WVU Football Fall on Big 12 Media Preseason Poll?

Despite the increased expectations from fans and the surprise success of 2023, the ESPN FPI is projecting WVU to struggle to even reach bowl eligibility. Major sportsbooks also have West Virginia’s over/under win total only set at 6.5 and view the Mountaineers as a heavy underdog in their season opening game to Penn State, granted Athlon likely agrees with the latter since they have the Nittany Lions as their No. 8 best team in the country and a contender for making the College Football Playoff.

Early Win Total Projections Suggest WVU Football to Decline in 2024

Fans may argue the Mountaineers are being disrespected by some while others may feel talk of winning a conference title is premature, but one thing is certain – Brown and the rest of the coaching staff prefer to be the underdog. However, any of the low projections are interesting, taking into account most of the key players are returning and the schedule is arguably similar to last year.

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.

Of course, the success or failure of the 2024 Mountaineers will largely depend on the play of Garrett Greene and if he lives up the hype or stays stagnate.

For a more favorable comparison, Athlon Sports has West Virginia just outside their current top 25 at No. 26. Taking an even bigger leap, Siris XM radio host Ari Temkin actually believes WVU will win the conference and reach the College Football Playoff.

Watch Bill Bender of the Sporting News with WV Sports Now’s Mike Asti as preview WVU’s season.

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