Hold on to your homecoming hats, if you have one. If not then make sure you grab hold of the sunglasses and any souvenirs like that new 1945 National Championship t-shirt that's available to purchase before the game. This one is going to get crazy and will be wild right down to the end. It could be another overtime edition of this new rivalry like it was last year in Morgantown.
Former Mike Gundy assistants Dana Holgorsen and Joe Wickline are back in Stillwater and the Cowboys have alumni and former West Virginia graduate assistant Andre Sexton with them this time.
Here are the key matchups for Oklahoma State welcoming West Virginia, Holgorsen and Wickline back to Stillwater:
OSU Cowboy back #47 Blake Jarwin
vs. West Virginia strongside linebacker #30 Justin Arndt
Jarwin caught a touchdown pass in the game last season in Morgantown and two years before that Jeremy Seaton caught a touchdown pass in Morgantown. With all the attention the Tony Gibson defense puts on the run game and the receivers, especially a guy like James Washington, then something has to be left open and the Cowboy backs is a good option with a linebacker likely getting the call on coverage. Jarwin can be a very explosive player for a jumbo sized receiver.
My Call: There is previous evidence to prove that this matchup is really good for the Cowboy backs.
OSU defensive tackle #96 Vincent Taylor
vs. West Virginia center #65 Tyler Orlosky
This is one of those off-the-ball prize fight type matchups that is worth taking your eyes off the ball for several plays just to see the physicality of the two players. Both have a lot of pride and both are likely to play in the NFL some day.
My Call: All-Big 12 defensive tackle vs. All-Big 12 center is one of the best off-the-ball matchups of the season. I will give Taylor a slight, very slight edge.
OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich
vs. West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson
The answer to who has studied most efficiently and who has discovered the tendencies and the pet peeves of the other will be exposed during the game. It likely benefits the Cowboys that they had a recent bye week and were able to self scout. Gibson is really good at confusing both opposing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks, but head coach Mike Gundy, Yurcich, and quarterback Mason Rudolph admitted this week that they spent extra time in the spring and in fall camp is preparing for this matchup.
My Call: This one is purely a wait and see how it all develops.
Oklahoma State-West Virginia Prediction
West Virginia defense will slow down the Oklahoma State offense some, but the extra work the Cowboys put in on the Mountaineers will eventually kick in. I think the WVU offense is a decent matchup for the Cowboys defense. Special teams represents an advantage for Oklahoma State in a game I'm convinced will be decided in the last three minutes (and by the first team that gets past 35 on the scoreboard). It could be West Virginia, 38-35.
Oklahoma State 38, #10 West Virginia 35
Big 12 Predictions
Record: Week 7 SU, 3-1 ATS, 2-2; This Year, SU, 35-14 ATS, 22-19
@Texas 34, #8 Baylor 31
Texas got Baylor last season, and in Austin I think they'll make it two in a row.
@TCU 47, Texas Tech 42
Another score-a-thon, but not quite as crazy as last week in Lubbock.
@#16 Oklahoma 51, Kansas 20
The Jayhawks can't take advantage of weakened OU defense.