West Virginia at Pittsburgh odds, picks and…

West Virginia at Pittsburgh odds, picks and…

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Panthers open the 2022 season at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the West Virginia at Pittsburghodds, and make our expert college football picks, predictions and bets.

The “Backyard Brawl” is back, as these 2 schools meet on the gridiron for the 105th time, but the 1st meeting since Nov. 25, 2011, a 21-20 West Virginia win in Morgantown. The last time these schools met in Pittsburgh, the Mountaineers routed the Panthers 35-10 in November 2010.

The Panthers won the ACC Championship Game last season, but lost QB Kenny Pickett, who was a 1st-round draft of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pitt hopes incoming transfer QB Kedon Slovis from Southern California will keep the Panthers on the championship path without skipping a beat.

Pittsburgh is ranked No. 16 in the AFCA Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports.

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West Virginia at Pittsburgh odds

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:22 a.m. ET.

  • Money line (ML): West Virginia +250 (bet $100 to win $250) | Pittsburgh -320 (bet $320 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): West Virginia +7.5 (-112) | Pittsburgh -7.5 (-108)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 51.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)

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West Virginia at Pittsburgh picks and predictions

Prediction

Pittsburgh 27, West Virginia 20

Money line

Pittsburgh (-320) is a rather high number, costing you 3 times your potential return. That’s a lot, especially in a much-anticipated return of a rivalry game.

West Virginia (+250) is breaking in a new signal caller, as former USC and Georgia QB JT Daniels takes over. He has the potential to help this offense be much, much better, and the Mountaineers D could give Slovis fits. There is a lot of risk just playing the favorite straight up.

AVOID.

Against the spread

WEST VIRGINIA +7.5 (-112) is the play here, and the 7 with a hook is key. I think Pitt -7.5 (-108) gets it done, but it could be a sloppy game with both teams breaking in a transfer quarterback. Continuity in the 1st game will just not be there, and that’s life in the era of the transfer portal.

Over/Under

UNDER 51.5 (-107) is the play here.

These teams haven’t played in a while, so you can avoid the trend of Under going 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. However, pay attention to the fact West Virginia is 5-1-1 in the last 7 tries against ACC foes.

In addition, Pittsburgh cashed the Under in 4 of its final 5 games last season, and lost its dynamic QB to the NFL’s Steelers. Slovis and the offense could take some time to jell, especially early in this game.

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