Cowboys Have Dropped Three Of Four
The Oklahoma State Cowboys look to go into bowl season on a positive note when they face the West Virginia Mountaineers in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday.
Oklahoma State has lost three of its last four games to fall out of the national rankings and is in a three-way tie for fourth in the Big 12 standings with Baylor and Texas Tech.
West Virginia is coming off a loss to Kansas State last weekend and is ninth in the conference, one game ahead of last-place Iowa State. Both teams want to finish on a high note, so check out our in-depth preview of this contest to help you decide how you want to make your bet online.
West Virginia Needs Solid Defensive Effort
The West Virginia Mountaineers have struggled to stop opponents all season, allowing 34.2 points per game. The performance of the defense is a solid barometer for the team, with foes averaging 42.7 points in the Mountaineers’ seven losses and 19.3 points in the team’s four wins.
West Virginia will also need to score some points, which means quarterback Garrett Greene will need to have a big performance. The former backup was good against Oklahoma two games ago, throwing for 138 yards and a touchdown in relief of starter JT Daniels, then came back with 204 yards and three touchdowns last week against Kansas State. Greene also had two interceptions and took three sacks in last week’s loss.
The Mountaineers’ leading rusher, Tony Mathis Jr., struggled against Kansas State, gaining four yards on four carries. Mathis has 549 yards and five touchdowns this season, but he’s played just two games since mid-October and is still working his way back to form.
Jaylen Anderson and Justin Johnson Jr. led the running game, with each gaining more than 60 yards on the ground against Kansas State. Anderson, a freshman, had 69 yards and has 120 on 20 carries this season, while Johnson, a sophomore, has rushed for 419 yards and three touchdowns in 2022.
Turnovers Hurting Oklahoma State
The Oklahoma State Cowboys did what they needed to offensively against Oklahoma last week, outgaining the Sooners by 50 yards and winning the time of possession battle by more than 15 minutes. But four turnovers – all interceptions thrown by quarterback Spencer Sanders – hurt the Cowboys as they fell to the Sooners 28-13.
“We just didn’t protect (Sanders) very well and put him on the run a lot,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said after the loss to Oklahoma. “And I think he hurried a few throws.“
Sanders finished with 381 yards passing, completing 36-of-67 pass attempts but committed turnovers and was sacked five times. The senior has thrown for 2,642 yards and 17 touchdowns this season and has also run for 391 yards and eight scores.
Junior wide receiver Brennan Presley leads the Cowboys with 56 receptions for 662 yards and two touchdowns. Presley made nine catches for 118 yards against Oklahoma.
Senior wide receiver Braydon Johnson also had a big game against the Sooners, catching seven balls for 109 yards. Johnson has 27 catches for 507 yards and three touchdowns this season.
West Virginia vs Oklahoma State Game Injuries
West Virginia vs Oklahoma State Head-To-Head
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have a 9-4 edge in the all-time series with the West Virginia Mountaineers heading into Saturday’s contest. The Cowboys are on a seven-game winning streak in the rivalry, including a 24-3 win over the Mountaineers in 2021 on the road.
West Virginia’s last victory over Oklahoma State came in Stillwater in 2014. The college football lines for Saturday are set with the expectation of the Cowboys cruising to yet another win in the series.
West Virginia vs Oklahoma State Game Information
- Game: West Virginia (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) vs Oklahoma State (7-4, 4-4 Big 12)
- Location: Boone Pickens Stadium
- Day/Time: Saturday 26th, 12:00 p.m. ET
- West Virginia vs Oklahoma Live Stream: ESPN
West Virginia vs Oklahoma State Betting Lines
West Virginia vs Oklahoma State Picks & Prediction
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been the better team, but they need to get back to winning football as they head into the bowl season. The West Virginia Mountaineers just don’t have the consistency they’ll need to pull off the upset.
When making your college football picks, take Oklahoma State to win and cover at home.
The West Virginia are listed at +265 in our Vegas SPORT lines. This means that if you wager $100 on West Virginia, you have a chance to win $265. The Oklahoma are -325, offering a chance to win $31 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives West Virginia a 27.40% chance to win, with Oklahoma at 76.47%.