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West Virginia at Oklahoma State prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the game between the Mountaineers and Cowboys.


West Virginia at Oklahoma State Game Preview

When: Saturday, October 29 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Broadcast: Fox

West Virginia looks to continue its Cinderella start this weekend in Stillwater. The Mountaineers, unranked and overlooked when the season began, are an unbeaten top 10 team, with visions of a Big 12 crown and possibly more. And they’re not just winning games these days, throttling Texas Tech and TCU by at least three touchdowns apiece the past two weeks. Oklahoma State is still on the periphery of league contention, winning three straight since falling to Baylor on Sept. 24. However, the Cowboys have handled three of the Big 12’s worst teams, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas, so West Virginia will provide an important measuring stick of OSU’s actual potential to get back into the race.

What To Know About West Virginia

There are no obvious Heisman contenders, though quarterback Skyler Howard could enter the discussion if he keeps playing the way he did last week against TCU. And household names are scarce in Morgantown. But the Mountaineers are playing winning football on both sides of the football. The 34-10 suffocation of the Frogs was quintessential 2016 West Virginia, which got 117 yards on the ground from Rushel Shell, four touchdown passes from Howard and a terrific effort from the defense. The ‘eers are allowing under 18 points per game and are No. 12 nationally in pass efficiency defense.

What to Know About Oklahoma State

While the Cowboys are better than Texas Tech, there are similarities between two schools that rely so much on the passing game. Okie State has rung up at least 38 points in all but two games this season, fueled by the passing of Mason Rudolph to Jalen McCleskey and especially James Washington. Mike Gundy is also mixing in newcomer RB Justice Hill, who’s run for more than 100 yards in three of the last four games. It’s on defense where the Cowboys are most vulnerable. Before playing Iowa State and Kansas, this team had given up at least 500 yards in three straight games.

Advantages

Offense: West Virginia. The Cowboys are more explosive, but the Mountaineers are more efficient. Plus, they give up far fewer sacks.

Defense: West Virginia. The ‘eers have been rock-solid in 2016, allowing more than 21 points to just one opponent, BYU on Sept. 24.

Special Teams: Oklahoma State. Stillwater is home to one of the nation’s cleanest special teams units, led by punter Zach Sinor and placekicker Ben Grogan, who’s 11-of-13 on field goal tries.

Coaching: Oklahoma State. Dana Holgorsen is delivering an extension-worthy season in Morgantown, but he still lags behind Mike Gundy based on the totality of their careers.

Intangibles: Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are home, hot and motivated by the chance to take down one of the country’s last remaining undefeated teams.

Matchup To Watch

The West Virginia D-line vs. the Oklahoma State O-line

The Cowboys have yielded 23 sacks this season, more than anyone but Iowa State in the conference. But can the Mountaineers take advantage and pressure Rudolph. West Virginia has gotten to the quarterback just a dozen times, needing a big game off the edge from defensive end Noble Nwachukwu.

West Virginia at Oklahoma State Betting Odds

Spread: West Virginia -4
Over/Under: No line as of post

West Virginia at Oklahoma State Prediction

West Virginia is on the kind of tear that isn’t going to be stopped by Oklahoma State, even in a hostile environment. The Mountaineers have already shut down a pair of potent offenses this month, Texas Tech and TCU, so they’ll be ready for whatever Gundy throws at them. And the physicality of the offense, combined with the passing of Howard to Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts, will be too much for a beatable Cowboy defense. It’s never easy winning on the road in league play, but surging WVU is up to the challenge.

West Virginia at Oklahoma State Score Prediction: West Virginia 35, Oklahoma State 27

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