Check out the Oklahoma vs. West Virginia fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma (10-1) vs. West Virginia (7-4) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Game Time: 3:45 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
The Sooners can’t slip now.
West Virginia was deep in the hunt for the Big 12 title, but a loss to Texas last week ended all of that. The Mountaineers are going bowling, and they should get a decent post-season slot, but a win over Oklahoma would take the season to a whole other level.
And it would screw up the Big 12.
The Sooners are off to the Big 12 Championship next week against TCU, needing to win this week and in the rematch against the Horned Frogs to get into the College Football Playoff – and yes, OU is going to the CFP at 12-1 with a Power Five championship.
But can the Mountaineers somehow pull off something special without their star? They’ve been entertaining, and they beat an Iowa State team that beat Oklahoma, but …
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
Will Grier is out, and he’s going to be questionable at best for the bowl game after undergoing surgery on an injured hand suffered against Texas.
When playing Oklahoma, an offense has to get ready for a shootout and has to be able to bomb away and bomb away some more. But Grier was the one who made it all go.
Even with a solid offense, the Mountaineers don’t do much to keep the chains moving – they’re not good on third downs and they’re lousy when it comes to the clock and time of possession.
Against an Oklahoma passing game with the 2017 Heisman winner throwing for over 300 yards per game and close to 12 yards per toss, sophomore Chris Chugunov has to be ready to get bombing.
One Reason Why West Virginia Will Win
With Grier out, can the West Virginia running game get rolling and take over from the start?
Justin Crawford has been solid when the offense runs around him, hitting the 100-yard mark in each of the first five games and against Iowa State and Kansas State. Last year, he ripped apart the Sooners for 331 yards in the wild shootout, and now the Mountaineers have to get him going from the start.
Oklahoma leads the nation in offense and the Big 12 in time of possession. Crawford and the running game have to somehow keep Baker Mayfield and company off the field.
What’s Going To Happen
West Virginia, just shake Mayfield’s hand and get it over with.
The Sooners will get hit with a strong start from the fired up Mountaineers who’ll come out hot, even without Grier. But Mayfield will be Mayfield as the OU offense takes over in the second quarter – and WVU won’t be able to keep up.
Mayfield already has the Heisman locked up. Now, in his final home game, he’ll throw away the key.
Oklahoma vs. West Virginia Prediction
Oklahoma 41, West Virginia 23
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