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Big 12 Football Oklahoma Sooners at West Virginia Mountaineers: Start Time, Spread, Free Pick


Big 12 football and we will see the Oklahoma Sooners travel to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on FOX. Currently the odds for the game have Oklahoma favored by 11.5 points, while the total sits a t 73.5. Check out Sportsbook Spy to find out what side the Public is taking on all today's games.

Free Analysis: Oklahoma comes into this clash sporting a 7-2 overall record and a 5-1 mark in conference. The Sooners, who are perfect 3-0 on the road this season, took care of visiting Baylor last Saturday, 42-34, running their current winning streak to three games. Despite only suffering the one loss against another Big 12 member, OU will need some help if it hopes to win the conference crown as that lone league defeat came against undefeated and first-place Kansas State (24-19) back on Sept. 22. The Oklahoma offense is led by veteran QB Landry Jones, and he has been rock- solid for the most part this season, throwing for 2,691 yards, 18 TDs and only seven interceptions. Other standouts for the Sooners include RB Damien Williams (113 carries, 687 yards, nine TDs), backup QB Blake Bell who has been used primarily as a runner (10 rushing TDs), and WRs Kenny Stills (54 receptions, 682 yards, six TDs) and Justin Brown (41 receptions, 537 yards, four TDs). As for the OU defense, it has done a solid job against the pass (170.2 ypg), permitting just three TDs through the air. Tony Jefferson paces the unit with 79 tackles, while Javon Harris has a team-high four interceptions. The Sooners limited Baylor to a season-low 172 passing yards, but the Bears did manage to rumble their way to 252 yards and four TDs on the ground.

West Virginia shot out of the gate this season, riding the hot hand of one- time Heisman hopeful quarterback Geno Smith to a 5-0 start. But since surviving its first two Big 12 bouts against Baylor (70-63) and Texas (48-48), the Mountaineers have lost four straight. Their most recent setback took place last Saturday at Oklahoma State (55-34), and WVU has surrendered an average of 49.5 ppg during its current slide. Add the two high-scoring wins over the Bears and Longhorns, and the Mountaineers have been torched for 51 ppg in those six bouts. The Sooners are going to need to bring their 'A-game' against a West Virginia passing attack that features the record-setting Smith, who has thrown for more than 3,000 yards this season with an eye-popping TD-to-INT ratio of 31-3. Taking full advantage of their gifted gunslinger's exploits are WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, the two combining for a whopping 171 catches, 2,023 yards and 27 TDs. The WVU defense has been absolutely dreadful this season, particularly against the pass as it yields (345.2 ypg, 27 TDs) almost as much as the offense generates (347.6 ypg, 33 TDs). Isaiah Bruce leads the team with 80 tackles, while Josh Francis has 15 TFL and has combined with Terrence Garvin to record 8.5 sacks.

Free Pick: At one point this year West Virginia had the Heisman winner and a chance to play in the National Title game. Mostly thanks to an offense that was unstoppable. Well all that has changed. Teams have figured out how to slow down the Mountaineers and their defense has been just horrible all year, meaning they can no longer just outscore teams.They have to get some stops on defense and that just won't happen here. Oklahoma has been held to less than 35 points just twice in their last 8 games and that was vs Notre dame and Kansas State, Two very good defenses. Now despite those two games the Sooners still come in averaging 39.8 ppg and they will be facing a West Virginia squad that has allowed a whopping 51 ppg in their last 6 games. There is now way West Virginia will be able to stop Oklahoma in this one. On the other side of the ball the Sooners did give up 34 points to Baylor last week, but they still come in having allowed just 19.6 ppg and 325 ypg. The last time the Mountaineers played a defense this good (Kansas State), they were able to score just 14 points in the game. Oklahoma has too much on offense and their defense is good enough to keep West Virginia from making this a game. Oklahoma by 20+ here.

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