West Virginia hosts Oklahoma State Saturday in a key Big 12 college football matchup. The No. 22 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys are 7-3 on the season and 4-3 in the Big 12 while the West Virginia Mountaineers are 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference. The Cowboys have won the last 4 meetings between the two, including a 45-41 thriller last year. Oklahoma State is a 7.5 point favorite in this one. Kickoff is Saturday at 12 p.m. ET at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, W.V.
Oklahoma State has won 3 straight games to crack the top 25. They are 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the conference and still has an outside shot to win the conference but it must win this week and next week against Oklahoma, which is ahead of them at 6-1. They also need Baylor and Oklahoma to lose out, so it's very unlikely. Last week they scored a big 31-13 win over Kansas.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have been reeling. They snapped a 5 game losing streak last week with a 24-20 at Kansas State. The win improved their record to 4-6 and 2-5 in the Big 12. But in that streak of losses, they gave No. 13 Baylor all they could handle before losing 17-14. So they are not a team that should be overlooked.
Oklahoma State wins third straightThe Oklahoma State Cowboys have won three straight games to crack the top 25 nationally. The Cowboys are 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12 conference. They still have an outside shot to win the conference but a lot of things need to happen for that to occur. They must win this week and next week against Oklahoma, which is ahead of them at 6-1. But they also need Baylor and Oklahoma to lose out, so it's very much a long shot.
Last week they recorded a pretty easy 31-13 win over the Kansas Jayhawks. The Cowboys generated 481 yards of offense while allowing only 290 yards to KU. They allowed only 39 yards rushing and had 24 first downs to just 18 for Kansas. Quarterback Spencer Sanders was 12 for 18 for 168 yards with 1 touchdown. Running back Chuba Hubbard carried the ball 23 times for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns. Receiver Dillon Stoner had 5 catches for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Mountaineers snap losing streakThe West Virginia Mountaineers had been in free fall until last week. They had lost five straight games before ending the skid with a 24-20 upset win at Kansas State last week. The victory improved their record to 4-6 and 2-5 in the Big 12. While their record is not strong, they have played well in spots. For example, they gave No. 13 Baylor all they could handle before losing 17-14. They are not a team that should be overlooked and still have something to play for as they could be Bowl eligible with a couple of wins.
In the win over Kansas State, the Mountaineers racked up 421 total yards with about 300 of that coming in the air. Quarterback Jarrett Doege had a big game, going 20 for 30 for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wide receiver George Campbell was his favorite target as he caught 5 passes for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bryce Wheaton also had a touchdown - a 50-yard strike from Doege that proved to be the winning touchdown.
- Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
- Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Cowboys are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games on fieldturf.
- Cowboys are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November.
- Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Cowboys are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
Trends are from Covers.com:
- Mountaineers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
- Mountaineers are 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Mountaineers are 7-23-2 ATS in their last 32 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Mountaineers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.