This may have not been the most exiting matchup this weekend in the Big 12 but it certainly was an important one for both teams.
West Virginia turned a corner after the Baylor game reeling off two straight wins against TCU and Iowa State. The Mountaineers were sitting at 2-4 after leaving Waco a few weeks ago and going into Saturday, they were two wins away from a bowl game.
Meanwhile for Oklahoma State, they have a lot to play for. With a 7-1 record heading into Morgantown, they are right in the thick of the Big 12 title race with four games left. The Cowboys ended up taking care of business on Saturday with a big win to keep their momentum going. Here are my three thoughts on the game.
1. Oklahoma State’s Defense is Elite
I may sound like a broken record for always praising this defense, but it seems like they continue to find ways to impress me. The Cowboys were dominate against West Virginia and shut them down from start to end. At times, it seemed like it wasn’t even fair as Oklahoma State sacked West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege seven times. Last Week they held Kansas to under 150 total yards and today they did the same to West Virginia. That’s impressive and how about their third down defense? They allowed the Mountaineers to convert on just two of their fourteen third down attempts. This defense is elite and if they can limit the turnovers on offense, the Cowboys could be hoisting a Big 12 title trophy come December.
2. Will West Virginia Make A Bowl Game?
Coming into the game, West Virginia was riding high on a two-game win streak. After getting embarrassed by Baylor a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure if this team would get to six wins, but they found a way to win two tough games and found themselves at 4-4. Unfortunately, they got beat down against Oklahoma State. In fact, it wasn’t even close because the Mountaineers had just 133 yards of offense and Jarret Doege was sacked seven times. The offense didn’t have enough juice to get anything going and the defense can only do so much. West Virginia has three games left against Kansas State, Texas, and Kansas. If they can find a way to beat Kansas State or Texas, then I like their chances of getting to six wins with Kansas as their final game. For Neal Brown, 6-6 is a lot better than 5-7 while sitting at home during bowl season.
3. Oklahoma State Still Controls Their Own Destiny
Oklahoma State needed to leave Morgantown with a win, and they took care of business. They played great and took care of the football. Thanks to leaning on that great defense, they didn’t have to do anything crazy on offense and it worked quite well. With the victory, the Cowboys are sitting at 8-1 with three games left against TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. There is a good chance that Oklahoma State will roll into Bedlam with a 10-1 record and play for a spot in the Big 12 title game.