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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State: Preview and Prediction

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Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming matchup between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

GAME INFO

Saturday, November 26, 2022; 11:00 p.m. CT; Boone Pickens; Stillwater, Oklahoma

TV: ESPN2 (Jay Alter, Charles Arbuckle)

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network (Tony Caridi, Dwight Wallace, Jed Drenning); Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb, Robert Allen)

Records: West Virginia (4-7, 2-6); Oklahoma State (7-4, 4-4)

Rankings: Both teams unranked

Last Week: K-State 48, West Virginia 31; Oklahoma 28, Oklahoma State 13

Series History: Oklahoma State leads 9-4-0

Favorite: Oklahoma State (-8.5)

Fun Fact: Oklahoma State has won seven straight games over the Mountaineers and has won each of the past three games played in Stillwater. An Oklahoma State victory would extend the longest win streak for either team in this series.

 

KEY PLAYERS

West Virginia Mountaineers

QB Garrett Greene

Last week, West Virginia quarterback Garrett Greene got the start after leading the Mountaineers to a victory over Oklahoma. In his first career start, Greene went 15 of 27 for 204 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also added 12 rushes for 17 yards and one touchdown on the ground. This week against Oklahoma State, he will need to replicate that kind of production but clean up the turnovers. If he can do that, WVU will have a chance to pull off the upset.

DL Dante Stills

In what will be his last game in a Mountaineers uniform, Dante Stills will look to close out his senior year with a bang. In 2022, Stills has collected 4.5 sacks, 25 tackles, and two forced fumbles. While his team won’t make the trip to a bowl game, they will get a chance to send out one of the best defensive lineman in school history with a win.

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

QB Spencer Sanders

Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders has been big in the Cowboys’ wins this season, but has had some injury concerns down the stretch that have limited his efficiency. Last week, he had the worst game of his 2022 season, completing 53.7% of his passes and tossing four interceptions in a 28-13 loss to Oklahoma. This week, in what might be his final regular season game as a Cowboy, Sanders will need to be better if he wants to end Big 12 play on a high note.

S Jason Taylor II

Another senior that has made a giant impact for the Cowboys over the years, Jason Taylor II is likely making his last start in Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. The safety out of Carl Albert (OK) has recorded five interceptions in 2022, which leads the Big 12 and is tied for fourth nationally, and also has eight PBU’s to his name this year.

 

KEY STORYLINES

West Virginia Mountaineers

What version of West Virginia will we see on Saturday? I worry a bit about the motivation of this WVU team as they are likely playing their last game under Neal Brown and will not be going to a bowl this postseason. Can they rally around their seniors and take advantage of a struggling Oklahoma State team, or will they wither again and fall to 4-8 on the year?

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

Can Oklahoma State put last week behind them and win their eighth game of the season? The Cowboys are essentially playing for bowl priority at this point and an 8-4 record would likely land them in the Cheez-It Bowl or the Liberty Bowl. Sending this senior class out with a win at home would be a nice consolation prize in a year that didn’t quite get going the way folks in Stillwater had hoped.

 

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 34, West Virginia 27

I’m not very confident in the way that either of these teams is playing at the moment, but I do believe that Oklahoma State is better at home than West Virginia is on the road. This will be the last time that we see Neal Brown on the sideline for the Mountaineers, and it will end just like the majority of his previous games have: with a disappointing loss. Oklahoma State finishes the 2022 season at 8-4 and prepares for its 17th consecutive bowl game under Mike Gundy.

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