Oklahoma @ West Virginia NCAA Football Odds Report

Posted by Tony Newborn on Thursday,September 18, 2014 8:57, EDT in

West Virginia are 7 point home college football betting underdogs when hosting No. 4 Oklahoma in a huge Big 12 battle on Saturday night in Morgantown. Oklahoma has to show up big time in order to continue to keep the Selection Committee in their good graces while West Virginia has proven many naysayers wrong so far this season. Oklahoma appears to be as good as advertised after a 34 to 10 victory over Tennessee in their last game as a -21 point favorite. All West Virginia has done is go 3 and 0 against the spread in their three games so far this season and put a scare into Alabama in a 23 to 33 loss as a +22 point dog in Week 1. Who has what it takes in this tough Big 12 contest on Saturday?

How To Bet the Sooners @ Mountaineers NCAA Football Odds & Game Info

When: Saturday, September 20, 7:30 pm ET
Where: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia
NCAAF Odds: Oklahoma -7

Why Bet on the Oklahoma Sooners

Sooners’ defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said that he believed this Oklahoma team had the best defense in years. So far, Stoops may be right. Oklahoma’s defense only allows 295.3 yards per game. That ranks the defense nineteenth in total yards. The Sooners’ D only gives up 86.7 yards per game on the ground. That ranks it nineteenth in yards allowed against the rush.

When it comes to points allowed it doesn’t get much better than Oklahoma’s 11 per game average. If the Sooners’ defense continues to dominate, there won’t be much standing in Oklahoma’s way to a spot in the college football playoffs because the offense is very good. Oklahoma’s offense averages 490 yards per game. The Sooners score 44.7 points per game on average. One issue is that running back Keith Ford will be out for this contest, but that may not matter too much since, like always, Oklahoma is deep at the running back position.

Why Bet on the West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia’s offense looks as formidable as Oklahoma’s on paper, but there is a difference. While Oklahoma appears balanced, the offense rushes for close to 200 yards per game and throws for over 300 per, the Mountaineers’ offense is heavily geared towards the pass. West Virginia averages over 400 yards per game through the air while rushing for roughly 150 per.

Being one-dimensional against such a stout Oklahoma defense could be a problem for the Mountaineers on Saturday. Another issue that West Virginia will have in this game is that it’s giving up 164 yards per game on the ground. It also just suspended its top cornerback, Daryl Worley, for this contest. How will West Virginia stop Oklahoma’s passing attack without its top cornerback? It won’t. But before jumping all over the Sooners, let’s check the trends.

My Expert Game Prediction and Pick

Every trend points to Oklahoma in this one. The Sooners are 6 and 1 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 5 and 0 against the spread versus a team with a winning record and 4 and 1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. West Virginia is 1 and 6 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 4 and 12 ATS in their last 16 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game. The college football expert pick in this one is for Oklahoma to cover the spread.

My College Football Expert Pick: Oklahoma -7