The #6 overall Oklahoma Sooners (10-1) travel Morgantown on Friday for a Big 12 showdown with the #9 overall West Virginia Mountaineers (8-2). Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM EST at Mountaineer Field and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Taking a look at the Week 13 college football odds, Oklahoma opened as a 2.5-point road favorite earlier this week. That line has changed substantially after early betting, as the Sooners are currently listed at -1. The total for the game is sitting at 81 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: West Virginia vs Oklahoma
Oklahoma won their fifth game in a row last weekend, beating Kansas 55-40 to improve to 10-1 on the season overall. QB Kyler Murray has been outstanding all year long for the Sooners, throwing for 3,310 yards and 34 touchdowns in just 11 games. Murray has also been extremely effective on the ground, rushing for 739 yards and ten touchdowns. He has certainly had a ton of help in the rushing game, as the dynamic duo of Trey Sermon and Kennedy Brooks have combined for 1,662 yards and 21 touchdowns. Oklahoma also has an outstanding tandem of wide receivers, as Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb have posted a combined 1,850 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. Overall, this high-flying offense is averaging the most points per game in the entire country right now (49.5) after taking over the top spot from Utah State following Week 12 action.
The Sooners have really not played all that well on the other side of the ball, giving up an average of 30.7 points per game to opponents. They have been especially poor defending against the pass so far this season, surrendering 263.6 yards per game through the air (106th overall).
West Virginia dropped to 8-2 on the year last weekend after a stunning 45-41 loss to Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers needed to win out to have any shot at a spot in the College Football Playoff, but it wasn’t meant to be as the Cowboys scored 31 second half points to pull off the upset. QB Will Grier certainly did his part, throwing for 364 yards and two touchdowns in a losing cause. Grier has now passed for 3,325 yards and 33 touchdowns in eleven games. RB Kennedy McKoy leads the way on the ground for West Virginia, rushing for 648 yards and six touchdowns. As a whole, the offense is currently averaging 40.9 points per game (9th overall).
The Mountaineers have had an up and down season on the other side of the ball, giving up an average of 23.3 points per game (44th overall). However, they have certainly struggled against quality offenses, giving up 30+ points to Texas Tech and Iowa State while surrendering 40+ points to Texas and Oklahoma State. That certainly doesn’t bode well considering they will be facing the highest scoring offense in the nation here in Week 13.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Oklahoma -1
This game currently has the highest total on the board here in Week 13 – by far. It certainly has all the makings of a shootout, as both teams are averaging over 40 points per game and haven’t exactly been powerhouses defensively. I think the Sooners should have a bit of an edge in this one, as they have scored almost ten more points per game than West Virginia. The Mountaineers are also coming off an emotional loss that eliminated them from College Football Playoff contention.
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Oklahoma is an impressive 4-0 ATS over the last four meetings between these two teams. They are also 14-1 overall in their last 15 games on the road. West Virginia is only 2-3-1 ATS over their last six games overall. They are also 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss.
If West Virginia had found a way to get past Oklahoma State last weekend, I’m pretty sure my pick in this particular matchup may have been slightly different. Morgantown is a tough place to play, but the emotional impact of finishing out of the Top 5 has to still be affecting the Mountaineers. The Sooners still have everything to play for, so I’m laying the single point and taking the road favorite to cover on Friday night in prime-time.