West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma Sooners CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) at West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers +11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers square off in a big matchup Saturday night at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The Oklahoma Sooners passed their first test of the season by beating up the Tennessee Volunteers and truly look like the best team in the Big 12. The Sooners seem to have a three-headed monster at running back in Keith Ford, Samaje Perine and Alex Ross, a trio that has helped average 5.6 yards per carry and rush for 11 touchdowns in the first three games. The Sooners are back to their physical running style and have broken off several big plays already on the ground. However, quarterback Trevor Knight has to improve, as he’s completing just 59.4 percent of his passes and has two interceptions to four touchdown passes. Defensively, the Oklahoma Sooners have forced eight turnovers, have nine sacks and are allowing 295.3 yards per game. Dominique Alexander leads Oklahoma with 22 tackles and Zack Sanchez has three interceptions.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers have rebounded nicely from their opening loss to Alabama, which includes a close win last week over Maryland. The Mountaineers are having a great deal of success throwing the ball all over the field, as Clint Trickett is completing 75.4 percent of his passes and West Virginia has five players with more than 100 receiving yards. West Virginia is a dangerous offensive team as long as Trickett continues to take care of the ball and guys like Kevin White keep getting open. Rushel Shell leads West Virginia with 207 rushing yards. Defensively, the West Virginia Mountaineers have forced two turnovers, produced six sacks and are allowing 369 yards per game. Nick Kwiatkoski leads West Virginia with 24 tackles and three tackles for loss, while Isaiah Bruce has also chipped in three tackles for loss.
The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
While West Virginia hasn't been great against the spread in the past, this is a much different team from a year ago. The Mountaineers can compete against anybody when their offense is clicking, as we saw in week 1 against the Crimson Tide. When you throw in the West Virginia crowd, which is one of the best in college football, I'll gladly take the points here and even give the Mountaineers a chance to win SU.