The West Virginia-Oklahoma matchup is used to playing under the lights…it’s just usually in Morgantown when that happens. Saturday will be the first time to two have met for a night game in Norman. The Mountaineers will have their work cut out for them in what is sure to be a hyped environment. The Sooners opened up as a 19.5-favorite, but it dropped to 16.5 almost immediately.
These two haven’t faced off since 2019 as last season’s game was postponed before ultimately being canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, Oklahoma trounced WVU 59-14 in Norman and has won all eight matchups since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 in 2012. The average margin of victory during that span; 17.4 points.
Oklahoma enters Big 12 play at 3-0, but it hasn’t been the cake-walk the preseason playoff contenders were expected to have. The season got off to a shaky start with a narrow win over Tulane. Things seemed to be on track in a blowout win over Western Carolina, but the offense sputtered again against Nebraska. Should the two sub-par outings be written off as just a case of first game jitters and an anything-can-happen rivalry game? Or is the 1-2 against-the-spread performance something to keep an eye on?
The Mountaineers didn’t get off to the best start, themselves, with a loss to Maryland. Since then however, West Virginia has out-performed the spread; highlighted by a big win over 15th-ranked Virginia Tech last week.
Saturday will come down to QB play. Spencer Rattler is having a hard time living up to the hype as he tries to follow in the footsteps of Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, while Jarret Doege can be turnover prone with three interceptions on the season.
Do the Sooners cover in Norman, or will the Mountaineers make things interesting? Which side are you on?
The Bullet Points
- Oklahoma is 8-0 against WVU in their last 8 matchups.
- The Sooner’s average margin of victory of 17.4 points since WVU joined the Big 12.
- The average margin of victory is 24.25 point in their last four meetings.
- Oklahoma is 1-2 ATS at home this season.
- WVU is 2-1 ATS overall, and 0-1 ATS away.