West Virginia Mountaineers (7-4) at Oklahoma Sooners (10-1)
College Football: Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm (Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -23 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Oklahoma Sooners meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The West Virginia Mountaineers look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season while winning eight or more games for the third straight year. The West Virginia Mountaineers have won three of their last four road games. Chris Chugunov is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Chugunov enters this game with 47 career pass attempts under his belt. Gary Jennings and Ka’Raun White have combined for 1,986 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while David Sills V has 57 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 152.1 yards per contest, and Justin Crawford leads the way with 963 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 29.1 points and 434.9 yards per game. Al-Rasheed Benton leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 94 tackles, Ezekiel Rose has 4.5 sacks and Kyzir White has three interceptions.
The Oklahoma Sooners look to win their 11th game of the season to remain in the CFB playoff conversation. The Oklahoma Sooners have won eight of their last nine home games. Baker Mayfield is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 3,816 yards, 34 touchdowns and five interceptions. Mayfield has three or more touchdown passes in his last three games. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews have combined for 1,617 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while CeeDee Lamb has 36 receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 206.9 yards per contest, and Rodney Anderson leads the way with 749 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing 25.2 points and 390.6 yards per game. Emmanuel Beal leads the Oklahoma Sooners with 70 tackles, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has eight sacks and Parnell Motley has two interceptions.
The Mountaineers are 3-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sooners are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 10-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Sooners last 10 home games and the under is 24-10 in Mountaineers last 34 conference games.
I'm still not sold on the Oklahoma Sooners, as the defense isn't good and there's a long history of this program choking time and time again. West Virginia has the obvious offensive firepower to give the Sooners a scare, but that was with Will Grier at quarterback. He destroyed on of his fingers and won't be playing in this game, making Chugunov the starter, a guy who has just 47 career pass attempts. Given that the Mountaineers rely 100 percent on their offense, a change at QB ruins any chance of backing them for me. This is a game the Oklahoma Sooners should win easily. However, I also wouldn't be shocked if they somehow lost outright. That's coming sooner or later with this football team.