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West Virginia vs Oklahoma State - Week 9 College Football Preview

The West Virginia Mountaineers visit Oklahoma State Cowboys Oct. 25

The West Virginia Mountaineers pay a visit to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in NCAA football action this Saturday, October 25 with the game taking place at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Both teams are jockeying for position in the Big 12 and are 3-1 in conference play. A win here will be essential for anybody hoping to take first place this season. West Virginia beat the Baylor Bears last week while Oklahoma State were handed a defeat by the TCU Horned Frogs.

bet365 college football betting line: West Virginia vs Oklahoma State

  • Point Spread: West Virginia (+1.0) at 10/11 and Oklahoma State (-1.0) 10/11
  • Over/under:  63.5 points 10/11
  • Money Line: West Virginia 20/21 to win and Oklahoma State 20/23

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West Virginia has won just once against ranked teams this season in three tries when they beat the fourth-ranked Baylor Bears 41-27. They’ve now won three straight games and head into Saturday’s showdown with a lot of confidence. Quarterback Clint Trickett passed for three TDs and 322 yards against the Bears as he went 23 for 35. Trickett is third-best in the FBS with his average of 367.7 yards in the air per game. Kevin White caught two touchdown passes with Mario Alford receiving the other one.

White is averaging a nation-best 148 receiving yards per game this season and he’s going to give the Oklahoma State secondary some problems. He caught eight passes against the Bears for 132 yards. Trickett and White will need to be contained if the Cowboys hope to come out of the game unscathed. This is going to be a tough job since they allow 267.3 passing yards against per game, which is the conference’s second-worst rating. West Virginia head into the contest with a 5-1 record in their past six conference games.

Oklahoma State’s winning run was snapped last weekend when the TCU Horned Frogs hammered them 42-9. The game showed just how much work the Cowboys need to do to get back into top form. Both the offense and defense had poor games last week. The Cowboys didn’t manage to score a touchdown and their defense was picked apart by TCU’s offense. TCU gained 676 yards in the game while the Cowboys were held to just 258.

The team will need to play a lot better against West Virginia if they don’t want a repeat performance. The Mountaineers have a potent passing attack as they average 27.8 completions on 43.2 attempts per game. They’re seventh-best in the FBS in completions and rank 14th in attempts. The Cowboys’ front seven has struggled so far in 2014 as they allow 41 pass attempts against per outing, which ranks 120th in the country.

On the bright side for Oklahoma State, they may have some success against West Virginia QB Trickett since he’s been on the end of 11 sacks this season, which is the third-most in the Big 12. That will motivate linebacker Josh Furman and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah as they both have five sacks to their credit this year. Quarterback Daxx Garman went 10 for 25 in passing last week and gained just 132 yards and he’ll need a better outing in this close matchup against West Virginia.