The Oklahoma State Cowboys look to refocus and prepare for Will Grier and the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday. It’s not going to be an easy task to go from a rivalry game, a matchup mind you that they came a play away from winning. It was a crazy affair that seen Oklahoma State go for the win with a 2-point conclusion at the gun. Why not? Oklahoma State were three touchdown underdogs and they didn’t want to put the Oklahoma offense back on the field.
That game was a much better look for the Cowboys than the Sooners, despite losing. Oklahoma needs all of the style points they can get to be considered for the playoff, but that wasn’t too impressive. It was a rivalry game, though, so that should be brought into consideration.
They’re not leapfrogging Michigan or even Georgia currently, so the Sooners are going to need some help from other teams if they do in fact win out. The loss by Oklahoma State kept them out of the top-25. One more completion by Taylor Cornelius and they would have been. Cornelius put up some monster numbers for the Cowboys in that one.
Cornelius has developed into a competent passer at Oklahoma State. With Mason Rudolph getting drafted by the Steelers, Oklahoma State was left in a position where they had to replace one of the best passers in the country. Cornelius threw for a whopping 501 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wide receiver Tylan Wallace went wild for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns.
This is the second time he has eclipsed 220 yards this season and he’s gone over 100 yards in seven games. It makes it all the more impressive when you find out this is the first year the sophomore has played a role in the offense. With James Washington gone, Wallace has stepped right in as the main threat through the air. He’s going to need to have his track shoes on again with Grier and the Mountaineers on the other side Saturday. Head below for our free West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State pick.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys NCAAF Betting Odds:
West Virginia -5.5(-110)
vs. Oklahoma State +5.5(-110)
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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State Pick:
West Virginia have won three games in a row and have just 1 loss on their resume overall. The Mountaineers’ single loss came Iowa State, a 30-14 final that they will undoubtably look back on if they go undefeated the rest of their schedule. We’re nearing the end, so they’re almost guaranteed a New Year’s Six Bowl with the season they’ve had.
It will likely be bitter sweet, though, because a perfect record would have likely put them as the 4th team in the nation. Grier has racked up 31 touchdowns and a 69% completion percentage. He is gearing up for the NFL, with a potential high pick in the cards. Grier would like to follow in the same footsteps as former Big 12 opponent, Baker Mayfield.
West Virginia have averaged 496 yards per game for 12th in the FBS. Grier has led the Mountaineers to 41 points per game, which is pretty well necessary playing in this conference. An average to below average is still good enough to win the Big 12 if the offense is elite. This is a quarterback conference. Whoever has the hotter hand is going to win and it’s tough to argue against Grier and Kyler Murray.
Cornelius and Oklahoma State are going to fire away, though. Oklahoma looked like they were caught off guard by his arm. The Cowboys’ offense is all about rhythm and timing, so it wasn’t unexpected for him to take a few weeks to get hot. He has a tremendous relationship with Wallace who has 1,272 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018.
Cornelius has thrown 7 touchdowns and no interceptions the last three weeks, so he’s been locked in. The Cowboys’ defense has gotten ripped for 427 yards per game, 93rd in the nation. That’s not too reassuring up against Grier and the Mountaineer offense. I’d look for Oklahoma State to get into another shootout this week.