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There is still no legal sports betting at Wheeling Island in West Virginia. The West Virginia Legislature approved sports betting in the state in 2018, and it went online at Wheeling Island and at the Mardi Gras Casinos in early 2019. Both casinos are owned by Delaware North, which used the “Bet Lucky” app operated by the United Kingdom-based company Miomni Gaming. A dispute between Miomni and third-party technology provider forced the app to shutdown three months later. Both the “Bet Lucky” app and sports betting inside both tracks have been down since March 6.
“We continue to work toward enlisting a new technology partner for sports wagering in West Virginia and reopening the sportsbooks at our Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos,” said Glen White Director, director of corporate communications for Delaware North. “We will make an announcement when that process is complete.”
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Ohio (-7.5) vs Nevada – 3:30 PM
The Ohio Bobcats (6-6) take on the Nevada Wolf Pack (7-5) in the Idaho Potato Bowl this afternoon. Ohio enters this game on a two-game winning streak to become bowl-eligible. Nevada lost their last game to UNLV in OT 33-30 after winning their three previous games.
Ohio has had about as up and down of a season as you can have. The Bobcats have yet to win more than two games in a row and they have some good wins to go with bad losses. Ohio has had a good season offensively. The Bobcats were 20th in the country in points scored per game. They had the nation’s 22nd-best rushing attack and managed to be 11th in yards per play. Their defense wasn’t great this year but it also wasn’t terrible as they were middle of the pack in most categories, including 60th in points allowed per game.
Nevada’s season has been very similar to Ohio’s. The Wolf Pack have some solid wins and some questionable losses. One thing the Wolf Pack are really bad at is scoring. Nevada is 111th in the country in points scored per game. They have an average passing attack that ranks 61st but have one of the worst rushing attacks that ranks 116th. They had one of the least explosive offenses in the country as they were 118th in yards per play. Their defense wasn’t much better as they are 100th in points allowed per game. They have struggled against the pass (107th) as teams threw all over them and they were 93rd in yards per play allowed.
While both teams have been hard to predict this season, the Bobcats are a far better team on an average day. Ohio has a solid offense and it will be up to their defense to play well if they are going to cover this game. Nevada is a bad team on both sides of the ball and it is a bit surprising they even ended up 7-5 if you look at their numbers. I like Ohio to get a big win here and cover as their offense puts up big numbers while their defense has a solid game as well.