Oklahoma Football vs.West Virginia: Game Overview, Scenarios & Predictions


Let the six-time Big 12 title defense begin! This weekend at Palace on the Prairie, under the lights, Lincoln Riley and his No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) will welcome Neal Brown and his West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1) to open the conference match. OU didn’t look incredibly sharp to start the 2021 season, but with another game comes another opportunity.

In case you missed it, if you are planning to go to the game, make sure your phone battery is charged before kick off, because OU wants to do a special ‘Light up the Night’ presentation where all the fans hold their devices and shine their flashlights at the same time. It should look great in person and on TV, so do your part and spread the word.

Oklahoma officially revealed the alternate uniform suit players will wear this Saturday night on Friday. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the white / black stripe helmet look. Boomer!

Date, time and television: Saturday September 25 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC

Line: Oklahoma -17 (starting Friday at 4 p.m. CT)

WHERE: 56.5

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The last time Oklahoma played WVU on the soccer field, Jalen Hurts was the OU’s quarterback, as was Austin Kendall for the Mountaineers (he’s now starting for Louisiana Tech). Additionally, the iconic Sooner Schooner took a fall which thankfully looked scarier than it actually was.

This match dated back to 2019. Last season these two teams were initially scheduled to play again, but COVID-19 issues ultimately led to the competition being canceled. In the end, it worked out pretty well for both teams, but especially for Oklahoma, which nonetheless returned to the Big 12 Championship Game and won a sixth consecutive conference title.

After being forced to take a hiatus from the series last year, it will be interesting to see how Lincoln Riley’s side stack up against Neal Brown, who is now in his third year at Morgantown despite not facing the Champions. only once so far.

After seeing how Rattler finished the 2020 season, there was much expectation of the now redshirt sophomore to come in 2021. Although he doesn’t play terribly, he has made some questionable decisions with the ball that are eerily reminiscent of his erratic play. as a young beginner last September.

If this team is to achieve all of their goals, including winning the Big 12, returning to the college football playoffs and qualifying for the domestic championship game, Rattler will need to take another step forward in his progression as a quarterback. Thankfully, he’ll have a great opportunity to show he’s making those moves in the right direction against a competent West Virginia defense.

West Virginia starting senior QB Jarret Doege has a living arm, but it’s no secret that his biggest weakness is playing with his legs. That’s where backup quarterback Garrett Greene comes in. In two games this season, the rookie redshirt has amassed 126 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in 18 carries (7.0 yards average per carry). Now, at 5’10 and 193 pounds, he’s not a physically imposing threat as a runner, but he’s nimble enough to land a first down or more with the ball in his hands. The D-line and Oklahoma linebackers need to remain vigilant when the No.6 goes on offense, as chances are they will see plenty of Greene in some key situations on Saturday.

One statistic that may come as a surprise is the marked difference in turnover between Oklahoma and West Virginia. Entering this weekend, the Sooners have an impressive turnover margin of (+5), which is tied for 7th nationally. On the other hand, the Mountaineers have a TO margin of (-6), which sits near the bottom of the FBS at 127th. If OU continues to take care of the ball while creating additional possessions, and WVU continues to fester with errors of this variety, the night will be extremely long for the ‘Eers.

Heading into week four of college football, Oklahoma’s offense is No. 1 in the nation when it comes to scoring in the red zone (for teams with more than 15 attempts). The Sooners only come empty once in 18 tries after hitting the opposition 20-yard line. Meanwhile, the West Virginia defense also ranks 1st in the red zone, as it has only allowed four of 11 total red zone trips to yield points, with only two touchdowns.

Every time OU crosses the red zone this weekend, something will have to give. Keep an eye out if these particular workouts end with points, and if they are, note whether those points are coming from the end zone or from the uprights.

Ask any Sooner fan, and they’ll tell you that Spencer Rattler and Lincoln Riley haven’t exactly looked like their peak versions across three games. I see that change starting to turn this weekend against West Virginia. While the Mountaineers’ defense is a respectable unit, I predict they will get into a buzz saw after last week’s poor performance against Nebraska left a lot to be desired. Defensively, OU will have a blast in the backfield, but WVU’s Garrett Greene and Leddie Brown will cause enough trouble to make things interesting. In the end, I predict it will be Oklahoma’s most complete performance from start to finish (not counting the West Carolina paycheck game). After the game, the talks and concerns about Rattler will be just a whisper and all will be well with the world.

Oklahoma 41, West Virginia 17

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