Oklahoma State Looking To Survive And Advance In Morgantown
WHO: West Virginia Mountaineers (5-2)
WHEN: Saturday, October 28th @ 11:00 AM CT
WHERE: Morgantown, West Virginia
HOW TO WATCH: ABC
SCOUTING West Virginia: After going through an offensive struggle in Austin, Oklahoma State will need to be extremely better if they expect to even have a chance against the Mountaineers. West Virginia is a lot different team than they have been the last few years. Holgorsen’s group has not been as good defensively, but he has an upgraded offense with a potential NFL quarterback.
The Will Grier show has been everything West Virginia fans have wanted it to be. The Florida transfer leads the country in passing touchdowns and is in the top ten in passing yards. The Mountaineer offense has been different as they haven’t utilized the running game near as much as they did with Wendell Smallwood and other quality running backs in year’s past. Wide receiver David Sills is also atop of a stat category as he leads the country in total touchdowns. He is a current lock as the Biletnikoff winner and gave good defenses in TCU and Virginia Tech problems. Running back Justin Crawford should not be taken quietly, either. Crawford has shown the capability of going over 200yds on the ground. Oklahoma State must repeat what they did last weekend physically on defense if they want to slow down the ‘Neers.
Defensively, West Virginia is as bad as it gets in the Big 12. They are ranked 112th in the country out of 129 total teams in the FBS. Tony Gibson’s group has been the premier defense in the Big 12 over the last two to three years, but a lack of experience in the secondary has left them susceptible to the big play. For Oklahoma State, this should give them extreme confidence of being able to put points on the board. One thing West Virginia’s defense has been good at is getting off the field on third down. With the Cowboys getting to a lot of third downs last week, it will be a major key to have success when they need it most on third downs.
This is a matchup in the past that has caused Oklahoma State trouble. The Cowboys must play sharp if they want to keep their Big 12 Championship and College Football Playoff hopes alive. Can Mike Gundy and his team will their way to set up a huge Bedlam matchup next week?