Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 match up in our West Virginia vs. Oklahoma preview and prediction.
Saturday, November 28th, 2020; 7:30 p.m. EST kick off; Morgantown, West Virginia; Milan Puskar Stadium
TV: ABC (Joe Tessitore, Greg McIlroy)
Radio: Mountaineers IMG Network (Tony Caridi); Sooner Sports Network (Toby Rowland)
Spread: Oklahoma -10
Fun Fact: OU is the only program West Virginia has not defeated since joining the Big 12 prior to the 2012 season. The Sooners are 8-0 against the Mountaineers during that span and have scored at least 44 points in seven of those contests (average score of 48-30 in the eight games), including each of the last six meetings (average score of 53-31).
RB Rhamondre Stevenson
Stevenson has completely changed the running game and the offense in general for OU. After struggling in the run game early this season, OU has hit the 200-yard rushing mark in three of its last five games (191 in another) and Stevenson has played a big role. He was suspended for the first five games but since has rushed for 332 yards and five touchdowns on 50 carries for 6.6 yards per carry. In those three games, OU has averaged 55.0 points per game and rushed for 13 TDs.
DE Ronnie Perkins
Perkins has completely changed the OU defense since he also returned from a suspension three games ago. He has 13 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and four QB hurries in those three games and has vaulted his NFL Draft stock, as he prepares to likely be a First Round pick. The defense in general has vastly improved in recent weeks and Perkins is a big reason for it.
West Virginia Mountaineers
QB Jarret Doege
Oklahoma’s passing game is the weaker link, so Doege needs to be the one to step up in the passing game. Doege has improved as the season has gone along. He is ranked No. 6 nationally in completions per game (25.38), No. 11 in passing yards (2,219), No. 21 in passing yards per game (277.4), No. 25 in completion pct. (.659), No. 28 in passing TDs (13) and No. 41 in total offense (268.2).
The Stills brothers have been wrecking havoc in Big 12 backfields with a combined 15 tackles for loss on the season for what is the No. 1 defense in the Big 12 Conference. Darius also has 3.5 sacks on the season for the Mountaineers. These two are vital for pulling off a double-digit upset against the high-powered Sooners.
The Sooners need its offense to keep humming like it has been the last few weeks in particular. WVU is more vulnerable against the run than the pass, which is a good thing for OU’s rushing offense, which as noted above, has been lighting it up lately with Stevenson returning in the backfield. If the Sooners get their running game going, that will open things up for Spencer Rattler in the passing game and the OU route will be on in Morgantown.
West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineers need to make redshirt freshman QB Spencer Rattler’s night rough. The match up to watch in this game is the WVU defensive line against the OU offensive line. If WVU can win that battle, they can pull off the upset. OU has the best offensive line in the league, so it won’t be easy for the Mountaineers, but they also have the strongest defensive line in the conference. But without pressure in the backfield, the Mountaineers have no shot.
Oklahoma 45, West Virginia 24
Oklahoma is absolutely on fire right now. They haven’t lost in the month of November since Lincoln Riley has been the head coach and they’ve owned WVU (8-0) since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12. WVU is having an impressive season and have a lot to be proud of this year, but OU is playing some of the best football in America right now and will go to Morgantown and pick up another convincing win.
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