The West Virginia Mountaineers will be looking for a signature road win in a season that has been a bit of a disappointment.
They will head to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Saturday to take on the #22 Oklahoma State Cowboys. West Virginia will need to play better than they have recently, as they have lost three of their last four NCAAF games.
The Cowboys have suffered a similar fate as well, causing them to drop to 22 in the most recent poll.
West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Preview: Finish on a Positive Note
The West Virginia Mountaineers come into play with a record of 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12. The Mountaineers have managed to lose four of their last five NCAAF games and have fallen to ninth place in the conference standings.
Their last game resulted in a 48-31 loss to #15 Kansas State last Saturday at home. West Virginia gained 369 yards of total offense but just could not keep up with K-State’s high-powered attack.
Offensively, the Mountaineers are led by junior quarterback JT Daniels, who has completed 61% of his passes for 2,107 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has been intercepted nine times on the season.
Daniels’ favorite target has been senior wide receiver Sam James, who has caught 44 passes for 726 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging 16.5 yards per reception.
The running game has been headed by sophomore running back Tony Mathis Jr., who has carried the ball 126 times for 549 yards and five trips to the end zone. Mathis Jr. is averaging 4.4 yards per carry.
Oklahoma State Cowboys Betting Preview: Get Back on Track
The Oklahoma State Cowboys come into play with a record of 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12. They have stumbled after a 5-0 start to the season with four losses in their last six games. Their most recent game resulted in a 28-13 loss to arch-rival Oklahoma last Saturday.
The Cowboys outgained the Sooners by 50 yards overall, but four turnovers were the dagger for Oklahoma State. They will need to protect the ball better on Saturday.
Offensively, the Cowboys are led by senior quarterback Spencer Sanders, who has completed 57% of his passes for 2,642 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has been intercepted nine times on the season. Sanders has also carried the ball 107 times for 391 yards and eight scores.
Sanders’ favorite target in the passing game has been junior wide receiver Brennan Presley, who has caught 56 passes for 662 yards and two touchdowns. He is averaging 11.2 yards per catch.
The running game has been led by junior running back Dominic Richardson, who has carried the ball 149 times for 543 yards and eight scores. He is averaging 3.6 yards per carry.
Mountaineers vs. Cowboys Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Oklahoma State at -319, while West Virginia checks in at +244. The Cowboys are favored by 8.5 points, and the over/under is 65.5.
Free Betting Pick
Neither of these teams is playing particularly well, as West Virginia is having trouble keeping their opponents out of the end zone, while Oklahoma State can’t seem to hold onto the football.
Oklahoma State is the better overall team, however, and they are playing at home, where they are 6-0 this season. They should be able to handle business at Boone-Pickens Stadium on Saturday. Take them to cover.