After a 59-3 thrashing of Lamar in week three, the Oklahoma State Cowboys improved to 3-0 with a bye week looming. It was a much-needed bye week as it usually is for every team, but it’s time for the team to regroup with conference play about to begin. The Cowboys are one of the favorites to win the Big 12 this season.
On the other side of the field, the West Virginia Mountaineers are not the team they used to be with Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Geno Smith on offense. Moreover, they sit at 2-2 with no ones against an FBS opponent this season thus far.
With a somewhat electric offense, Oklahoma State averages over 45 points per game this season while owning a top-20 passing offense in the nation. Sophomore quarterback J.W. Walsh has won the starting quarterback job and he has proven to be solid through three weeks. He has 642 yards, five touchdowns and an interceptions in three games this season, but has only thrown for over 200 yards in one game. He is also the team’s leading rusher with 182 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
West Virginia’s offense has not had the same luck as Oklahoma State as it averages just 18 points a game which is good for the 110th ranked scoring offense in college football. The Mountaineers are having a hard time figuring out who their quarterback is going to be as Paul Millard and Ford Childress have both started two games this season. Both have thrown for identical numbers this season. Senior running back Charles Sims has been the one bright spot on offense with 328 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, the West Virginia Mountaineers are an above average squad. They allowed over 400 yards just once this season against the Oklahoma Sooners. Then again, they have only played two FBS schools. Oklahoma State has had an up-and-down season on this side of the ball. They held two teams in check, but couldn’t contain UTSA as they racked up over 500 yards against the Cowboys. This will be an interesting road game for Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State will travel to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 28. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 34, West Virginia 24