The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five games against the West Virginia Mountaineers, including two outright upsets at home in 2016 and 2018. Oklahoma State won’t be playing the underdog role this time around as the Cowboys are favored to extend their winning streak over the Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Oklahoma State Cowboys
- Date/Time: September 26, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Stadium: Boone Pickens Stadium
- TV Coverage: ABC
- Opening Odds: Oklahoma State -8.5 | O/U 55 (Line History)
- West Virginia vs Oklahoma State Matchup Report
Opening Odds Analysis
The Cowboys opened as 8.5-point home favorites in this matchup while the total was set at 55 points. Oklahoma State failed to cover the spread as a 24-point favorite at home against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane last Saturday in a 16-7 win while West Virginia did cover as a 41-point favorite in a 56-10 win over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.
West Virginia News & Notes
West Virginia’s offense looked like a well-oiled machine in the team’s season opener against Eastern Kentucky last Saturday. Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns each, and Jarret Doege finished the day going 19-for-25 with 228 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. The Mountaineers led 42-7 at the half.
Now we’ll see how this unit does against much more legitimate competition on Saturday in Stillwater. West Virginia’s offensive line was abysmal in 2019 and was a big reason for the team’s disappointing 5-7 SU and ATS campaign. That unit looked good in blowing out the Colonels, but it will be put to the test against the Cowboys’ strong defensive line.
Oklahoma State News & Notes
The Cowboys had a rough day on offense against a Tulsa defense that allowed 31.3 points per game last season. Starting quarterback Spencer Sanders left the game in the first quarter after suffering a high right ankle sprain and was unable to return. Chuba Hubbard rushed for 93 yards on 27 carries, averaging only 3.4 yards per carry after averaging 6.4 yards per carry in last season’s 2,094-yard campaign.
Sanders is listed as questionable for this weekend’s matchup against West Virginia. Oklahoma State brought back the vast majority of last season’s strong defense, and that unit’s cohesiveness and dominance was on display for most of the game against Tulsa. But the Cowboys are going to need to get their offense back up to speed if they hope to meet the lofty expectations they have for the 2020 season.
Betting Pick: Oklahoma State -8.5
Whether Spencer Sanders plays or not, it isn’t likely that we’ll see two duds in a row from Chuba Hubbard, one of college football’s most explosive running backs. Look for Hubbard and this stout Oklahoma State defense to carry the Cowboys to a win and cover on Saturday.
- West Virginia is 10-1 SU in its last 11 September games.
- Oklahoma State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as a fave.
- The UNDER is 5-0 in Oklahoma State’s last 5 games.