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Saturday, Nov. 19, the Oklahoma Sooners take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. The game, to be played at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV, is slated for a 8:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ABC. Read on for our Oklahoma vs. West Virginia preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Oklahoma wins the matchup between the two teams 54.3% of the time. The spread, via Vegas Insider, has the Sooners favored as well.
Spread: Oklahoma -4
Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Oklahoma vs. West Virginia preview:
Oklahoma (8-2) enters the contest on a seven-game winning streak with its most recent win coming last weekend against Baylor, 45-24. West Virginia (8-1) took down Texas last week 24-20 and has won two straight games.
The Mountaineers escaped Austin with a win over the Longhorns despite giving up 536 yards to Texas including 218 yards on the ground. It was a game filled with turnovers as the 'Neers had four and the Longhorns had three on the day. Quarterback Skyler Howard threw one touchdown and three interceptions for West Virginia last week, but the Mountaineers found a way to get the job done.
The Sooners beat up on Baylor last Saturday with a balanced attack with 300 passing yards and another 253 yards on the ground. Baker Mayfield was 20-for-25 through the air for 300 yards, two scores and one interception. Joe Mixon led the Sooners' rush attack with 124 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Oklahoma beat West Virginia last year 44-24 in Norman.
Oklahoma vs. West Virginia Prediction:
This one should turn out to be a classic back-and-forth Big 12 battle with little to no defense being played. Oklahoma's defense ranks 81st in the nation giving up 430 yards per game while the Mountaineers rank 64th allowing 410 yards per contest.
Oklahoma should be able to run against the Mountaineers run defense which ranks 51st in the nation and West Virginia will surely be able to pass against Oklahoma's 121st ranked passing defense.
The winner of the turnover margin will win this game, and that will be West Virginia at home.
West Virginia 55, Oklahoma 45