OSU-West Virginia Matchups And Prediction

Robert Allen and Anna-Marie Ahrberg discuss the key matchups for Oklahoma State's game against West Virginia on Saturday.

I really think this game sets up the rest of the Oklahoma State season. I the Cowboys find a way to survive in the hostile atmosphere in Morgantown and come home with a win then I will predict that this team will go into November at 8-0 with the massive showdowns with TCU, Baylor, and OU all at home in Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Mountaineers have a really good defense that is still good without All-American safety Karl Joseph. They have warts that were revealed in defeat last week in Norman, but they are still good enough for this to be a 50/50 game.

OSU-West Virginia Key Matchups
Oklahoma State DE #38 Emmanuel Ogbah
vs. West Virginia OT #55 Yodny Cajuste and #78 Marquis Lucas
Get used to this as Ogbah may be on this list the rest of the season. The reason is that no matter who Oklahoma State plays, who they have in the offensive line and in the backfield it is a mismatch and one that can be capitalized on for game-winning momentum plays that end up making a difference on the scoreboard. Ogbah is truly a beast in the trenches and there are few that can handle him.

Oklahoma State QB #2 Mason Rudolph
vs. West Virginia BS #22 Jarrod Harper                           
I had this matchup written down even when All-American Karl Joseph was slated to go. He is a game changer for West Virginia and the most talented safety that Rudolph has ever faced up this point. But now they will never match up in a game and that could have been fun to see. Joseph had 42 straight starts coming into this and he had 20 tackles, four interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks. Jarrod Harper, Joseph’s replacement, has four tackles and a tackle for a loss. Numbers that pale to Joseph’s.

Oklahoma State Cowboy WR #3 Marcell Ateman
vs. West Virginia CB #7 Daryl Worley 
This is one to watch as Worley (6-2, 201) is a good size corner and the guy on the other side (WVU corner Terrell Chestnut) better be ready to handle some stout receivers. I’m sure the Cowboy receivers were a little intensified this week in watching tape and seeing so many different receivers catch passes against the Mountaineers last week. The Pokes pass catchers are taught well but this team is lacking a dominant “bell cow” type of receiver. Gundy is preaching that tough guy receivers will make survive the process and help Oklahoma State get its’ offense in complete gear.

Prediction
Flip a coin because if these two teams played 10 times on a neutral field I think they would split five and five. I give West Virginia a slight advantage because they are at home. That said, I’m picking the Cowboys here. However, in being fully forthcoming, I picked West Virginia once on TV and once on radio. I said it was 50/50.

#19 Oklahoma State 31,
@ West Virginia 28

Big 12 Predictions
Last Week: (Straight Up) 4-1 (Against the Spread-Not all games have point spreads) 2-3
Season:  (Straight Up) 32-5 (Against the Spread-Not all games have point spreads) 17-15-1

#9 Oklahoma 45, Texas 18 (@ Dallas)

#4 Baylor 73, @Kansas 20

Iowa State 34, @Texas Tech 42

#2 TCU 37, @ Kansas State 24

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