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Oklahoma State 37, West Virginia 20: What Does It All Mean?


Oklahoma State blew past West Virginia for a 37-20 win. What does it all mean?


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Oklahoma State 37, West Virginia 20: What Does It All Mean?

And now all that matters is whether or not Baylor can run the table. Oklahoma might blow through everything in its path, but it’s too late – it’s not going to the playoff at 10-2 Big 12 champs. West Virginia was the real, live, legitimate prospect considering its defense and offensive balance, but now that’s gone. The Mountaineers are still in the conference title chase, but 11-1 won’t get it done.

Oklahoma State is still going to be a major factor in this whole Big 12 thing as long as Mason Rudolph can continue to play like this. He wasn’t always sensational, but he hit 26-of-36 passes for 273 yards and three scores and ran for a touchdown, and most importantly, didn’t turn the ball over. Skyler Howard made the mistakes – he didn’t.

The Cowboy defense pitched a relative gem. It gave up yards, but it made up for it with pressure on Howard and three takeaways, picking off the West Virginia quarterback twice, forcing a fumble, and getting to him in the backfield time after time. West Virginia outplayed Oklahoma State in several ways, and still lost by 17.

West Virginia’s playoff dream is over, and after beating Kansas next week, just staying in the Big 12 title chase will be tough with two road games in the following three weeks, and the home game coming against Oklahoma. Closing up the year at Baylor won’t be easy, either – it’s going to take a clean sweep now just to be in the championship mix.

Oklahoma State is quietly right in the middle of the Big 12 title hunt now. It got the Iowa State and Kansas free spaces over with, but it also got past Texas. Three of the final four games are on the road, but as long as the Cowboys keep winning the turnover margin, and if the offense can continue to be as effective as it was against the Mountaineers, they can beat Kansas State and TCU on the road, and take care of Texas Tech at home. The Baylor loss a few weeks ago means OSU has to be perfect, but it’s possible.