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and Linebackers Shaun Lewis and Lyndell Johnson
vs. WVU Inside Receiver Tavon Auston and Wide Receiver Stedman Bailey
The Cowboys know the reads on the option routes so they could conceivably steer the Maintaineers receivers where they want them to go. Remember, the inside receivers generally have more options, and Austin will be tough.
The secondary could benefit from a really good pass rush as well. Like any quarterback, Geno Smith is not as accurate when feeling pressure. The Cowboys will hope to limit Austin and Bailey, who have caught 146 of 257 passes this season (that number is 188 of 257 passes when you add J.D. Woods).
That is not enough versatility in the offense as Holgorsen steams when there are not at least six receivers catching a good number of passes. Slow this crew down early, limit the big plays and it could end up being an impressive defensive performance.
Edge: WVU Receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey
Cooper Bassett, and Tyler Johnson
vs. WVU Offensive Tackles Quinton Spain and Curtis Feight
Oklahoma State has 15 sacks, but this may be a good matchup for the Cowboys because their speed off the edge looks to be a problem for the Mountaineers tackles. It needs to be as Smith struggled in the two games where West Virginia gave up four sacks, including Kansas State. Spain weighs 334 pounds and Feight checks in at 317, both big, big bodies.
Edge: OSU Defensive Ends Nicholas, Robinson, Bassett, and Johnson
vs. WVU Corners Ishmael Banks and Pat Miller and Free Safety Karl Joseph
Those numbers are all season highs for Baylor's Nick Florence, Texas Tech's Seth Doege and Kansas State's Collin Klein. The Cowboys have been patchwork in the receiving corps, but Stewart and Moore are the guys most relied on, and they have to be catching passes to unlock the offense to include the other receivers.
Our guess is that Clint Chelf draws the start at quarterback for the Cowboys. He and Moore are good friends and almost have a sixth sense about being able to connect in the passing game. The West Virginia secondary has had a hard time covering receivers and making tackles after the catch.
Edge: OSU Receivers Josh Stewart and Charlie Moore
That's your hunch reasoning, but your sound reasoning is the Cowboys are at home and despite their revolving door injuries at quarterback they are more talented and deep in their depth on both sides of the ball than West Virginia.
It is weird to say they will wear West Virginia down but that is exactly what they need to do. The performance at wide receiver is critical. The quarterback needs to continue to produce, no matter who it is. Finally, the Cowboys need to be able to run the football. They outgained Kansas State last week, but lack of run success and turnovers trumped that yardage advantage.
Week 11 Predictions
No. 22 Texas Tech 35, Kansas 23
No. 17 Texas 24, Iowa State 20
No. 12 Oklahoma 59, Baylor 21
No. 2 Kansas State 37, TCU 13
Last Week's Predictions
No. 24 Oklahoma State 31, No. 2 Kansas State 28
Actual Score: 44-30 Kansas State
No. 12 Oklahoma 27, Iowa State 12
Actual Score: 35-20 Oklahoma
No. 24 West Virginia 35, TCU 28
Actual Score: 39-38 (2OT) TCU
Baylor 31, Kansas 21
Actual Score: 41-14 Baylor
No. 18 Texas Tech 42, No. 23 Texas 20
Actual Score: 31-22 Texas
Last Week: 2-3 SU/2-3 ATS
Record: SU 47-11/ATS 32-17 (Games involving FCS teams don't have point spreads.)