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Can the Cowboys bounce back after an underwhelming offensive showing against Tulsa?

NCAA Football: Tulsa at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State and West Virginia will both try to improve to 2-0 on the season this week as they meet up in Stillwater on Saturday afternoon for the Big XII opener for both teams.

In Week 1 the Cowboys typically high-powered offense couldn’t get much going at all against Tulsa, though they still managed to sneak away with a 16-7 win. The ‘Pokes starting QB, Spencer Sanders, went down with a lower body injury and his status is unknown for the Big 12 match up. True freshman Shane Illingworth stepped up in Sanders’ absence, going 4/5 with 79 yards. That offense is really powered through RB Chuba Hubbard though, who struggled with just 93 yards on 27 carries.

The Mountaineers on the other hand made easy work of their first opponent, throttling Eastern Kentucky 56-10. It’s hard to gain any real insight on this team after beating up on a mediocre FCS team, but one thing is for sure: their running game is good. West Virginia had two rushers, Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield, each go for 123 yards in their opening game.

Oklahoma State won by seven points in their last meeting and Hubbard was held out of the end zone as well. This years WVU squad is projected to be better than last season’s team too. But, the Cowboys have won the last five times the two teams have met.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

Saturday’s game will start at 3:30 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on ABC.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: West Virginia (+6.5) vs Oklahoma State
Point Total: 51.5
Money line: West Virginia (+215), Oklahoma State (-235)

  • WVU is 4-2 against the spread in their last six games
  • The total has gone under in five of WVU’s last six games
  • The total has gone under in all of OSU’s last five games
  • The under has hit in 5/7 of the last times OSU and WVU have met.

The Best Bet

Oklahoma State had a real rough time getting anything going on offense against Tulsa, and WVU’s defense should be better than the Golden Hurricane’s. Combine that with uncertainty around Oklahoma State’s QB situation and a solid Cowboy defense, the under could be a nice play.

Pick: Under 51.5

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