West Virginia Mountaineers at Oklahoma Sooners: Preview and Pick
4 Replies | 141 ViewsOn 09/02/2013 04:22 PM in NCAA Football
The college football season hits week two with a very intriguing game in the Big 12 conference. The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to Norman Oklahoma to take on the Sooners. The Mountaineers had a tough time playing defense a year ago, but with a new outlook on the season they are hoping to make a statement against one of the best teams in the country in the Oklahoma Sooners.
West Virginia Mountaineers at Oklahoma Sooners Odds
The Sooners enter this gamer ranked No. 16 in the college football rankings and since they are at home it comes as no surprise that they are big favorites in this contest. The odds makers opened up this line with the Sooners being (-19.5) point favorites and that number continues to creep upward as we get closer to kickoff.
With 74 percent of the betting public on the home team it is easy to see why this number can be found as high as (-20.5) at several top rated online sportsbooks.
Do the Mountaineers have what it takes to pull off the upset?
The short answer is, probably not, but with some huge upsets in week one of the college football season we have realized rather quickly that anything can happen.
The Sooners are led by Trevor Knight, a redshirt freshman, who rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries and threw three touchdown passes in the season opening victory. Knight became the first Oklahoma quarterback to rush for 100 or more yards in a game since Jason White had 117 yards rushing against Kansas on Oct. 13, 2001. He will be the focal point of a West Virginia defense that aims to improve from a season ago.
West Virginia sealed the win in week one against William and Mary but they made it look difficult. The Mountaineers need a late score by Wendell Smallwood to overcome a deficit and avoid the upset in the first week of the season.
The college football betting trends show that for as bad as they looked in the first game of the season, the Mountaineers play some good football on the road. They are 10-4 straight up in the last 14 games that they have played on the road, although they are just 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in the last six games on the road.
OU is only 1-4 ATS in the last five games at home, but they are 21-4 straight up in the last 25 games at home. It is highly doubtful that the Sooners lose, but this spread will be tough to beat.
West Virginia Mountaineers at Oklahoma Sooners Pick
With plenty of time to go before game day, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to kickoff.