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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State: Preview and Prediction

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Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming duel between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

GAME INFORMATION

Saturday 26 November 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); State of Oklahoma (7-4, 4-4)

Rankings: Both teams unrated

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

Series history: Oklahoma State leads 9-4-0

Favourite: State of Oklahoma (-8.5)

fun fact: Oklahoma State has won seven straight games against the Mountaineers and won each of the last three games in Stillwater. A win at Oklahoma State would extend the longest winning streak for either team in that series.

KEY FIGURES

Mountaineers from West Virginia

QB Garrett Greene

Last week, West Virginia quarterback Garrett Greene started after leading the Mountaineers to a win 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 a touchdown on the floor. This week against Oklahoma State he needs to repeat that type of production but clean up the turnovers. If he succeeds, WVU will have a chance to end the fuss.

DL Dante Stills

Dante Stills will be looking to end his senior year with a bang in his final game in a Mountaineers uniform. In 2022, Stills has 4.5 sacks, 25 tackles and two forced fumbles. While his team won’t be traveling to a bowl game, they have a chance to send out one of the best defensemen in school history with a win.

COWBOYS OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

QB Spencer Sanders

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

S Jason Taylor II

Another senior who has been a huge influence on the Cowboys over the years, Jason Taylor II, is likely to make his final start at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. Carl Albert (OK) safety has five interceptions in 2022, who tops the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally, and also has eight PBUs to his name that year.

KEY STORIES

Mountaineers from West Virginia

Which version of West Virginia will we see on Saturday? I’m a little worried about the motivation of this WVU team since they’re probably playing their last game under Neal Brown and won’t 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 away and fall to 4-8 a year?

COWBOYS OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

Can Oklahoma State pull off last week 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 home with a home win would be a nice consolation prize in a year that hasn’t quite gotten off to the start that the people of Stillwater were hoping for.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 34, West Virginia 27

I’m not very convinced of the way either of these teams is playing right now, but I think Oklahoma State is better at home than West Virginia is away. This will be the last time we see Neal Brown on the touchline for the Mountaineers, and it will end like most of his previous games: with a disappointing loss. Oklahoma State is ending the 2022 season 8-4 as it prepares for its 17th straight bowl game under Mike Gundy.

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