OSU-West Virginia: Key Matchups & Predictions

Oklahoma State returns home and there are more questions now with this team than there were when they opened the season. My hope is those answers will show up at America’s Largest Homecoming Celebration and make the Cowboys look good in America’s Brightest Orange on one very hot October Saturday.

1, Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson
vs. WVU wide receiver Kevin White
This will be one of the premier individual matchups of the Big 12 football season. Kevin White has thoroughly impressed everybody and has climbed onto all the post-season award watches and mid-season teams for players at wide receiver.

He is big at 6-3, 210 pounds and physical, yet has plenty of athleticism. He is also a “talker” and brings some drama to the party as he chastised Baylor defenders last week for their social media projections on how they were going to shut him down. White is a load!

The media around the Big 12 and nationally has missed big on Kevin Peterson, who last week took TCU’s leading receiver Kolby Listenbee and held him without a catch for the first time this season. Peterson is a monster cover guy. He is not as big at 5-11, 195, but he is very strong and one of the fastest players on the Oklahoma State team outside of obviously Tyreek Hill.

I will call this too close to call as both players have a chance to exert their will on the other or just exchange blows all afternoon. Don’t miss the chance to watch these two go at each other as there will be a lot of NFL scouts in the house to watch this as well.
Edge: Too Close to Call

2, Oklahoma State defensive tackle Ofa Hautau
vs. WVU left guard Quinton Spain
If you like watching bigger boys slug it out then check out the Tongan warrior inside in Ofa Hautau going against the biggest of the Mountaineers on the offensive line in Spain.

Hautau has family in town and he never needs extra motivation as the 6-2, 290-pound Hautau is very strong and also athletic. Rarely does he not push his blocker and maybe two back in the offensive backfield. Spain is a true mountain of a man at 6-5, 332 pounds. He has also made 33 starts for WVU. These guys will battle all afternoon and the winner will go a long way toward deciding the winner on the scoreboard as Oklahoma State curtailing that vital run game now for West Virginia is important.

If WVU or OSU is able to run the ball that will go a long way toward dictating control of the game. Spain is the best friend of the four Mountaineer backs that play and Hautau is the best friend of the defensive ends and linebackers on the Cowboys defense.
Edge: Slight Edge to OSU and Hautau

3, Oklahoma State center Brad Lundblade
vs. WVU nose tackle Kyle Rose
The is a mismatch of experience as Lundblade in his second week to play. He will likely draw the starting assignment. He is consistent with his snaps, which is critical to the timing of the offense and he is strong and smart.

He just does not have a lot of experience as a true freshman walk-on. Don’t let that walk-on tag fool you as he was a very good player in high school at Argyle Liberty and turned down multiple Division I offers in order to come to Oklahoma State.

Rose is the most experienced of the starting defensive line with 13 starts. He is also 6-4, 296 pounds to Lundblade’s 6-3, 290. It’s close enough. I’m going to call the advantage to Rose as he is a veteran with those 13 starts, but I believe Lundblade could battle at least on even terms. The young man has rocks in his pants and he can play.
Edge: Solid to WVU and Rose

Oklahoma State-WVU Prediction
I understand that Oklahoma State is the favorite, the Cowboys have been unbeaten this season at home and West Virginia is not as potent on the road. Several things have to happen that I can’t predict but could see happening for the Cowboys to win. They have to run the football and quarterback Daxx Garman has to get his timing set and trust himself and his receivers to make plays and his offensive line to protect. The home crowd should be an aid to the Cowboys and my plea would be to hang all the way with these guys. They will need you. I’m picking West Virginia, but I’m hoping to be very wrong on this one and fully realize I could be.
No. 25 West Virginia 34, Oklahoma State 24

Big 12 Predictions
Saturday, Oct. 25
@#11 Kansas State 34, Texas 24

@#10 TCU 52, Texas Tech 27

Last Week: 3-2 (straight up) / 3-2 (against the spread)
Season Total: 42-7 (straight up) / 28-13 with a push (against the spread)
(Note: Not all games have point spreads as FBS vs. FCS games often don't.

Last Week's Results
#12 TCU 31, #15 Oklahoma State 27
Actual Score: 42-9 TCU

#4 Baylor 48, @West Virginia 31
Actual Score: 41-27 West Virginia

@#11-Oklahoma 30, #14-Kansas State 28
Actual Score 31-30 Kansas State

@Texas Tech 37, Kansas 20
Actual Score: 34-21 Texas Tech

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@Texas 26, Iowa State 21
Actual Score: 48-45 Texas


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