Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Preview
No.11 Oklahoma State heads to Morgantown for a Big 12 showdown with the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday 9/28. Mired in a season long controversy over NCAA improprieties, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are fresh off a 59-3 dismantling of the Lamar Cardinals two weekends ago. On the other side of the ball, the Mountaineers will look to rebound from a disappointing 37-0 shutout by the Maryland Terrapins last weekend. So far, West Virginia has shown little ability to generate offense with a passing attack and rushing game that is ranked 74th and 69th in the NCAA respectfully. Fans will have to wait till Saturday to see if the Mountaineers can pull off the upset and salvage what remains of their season.
The Cowboys will take the field on Saturday having had a two week layoff and should be well rested and prepared for the game. The Cowboys enter the game in a unique position with two qualified quarterbacks prepared and expected to play. Sophomore J.W. Walsh is a dual threat QB who has thrown for 642 yards, 5 touchdowns and only 1 interception while leading the team in rushing with 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. In addition to Walsh, the Cowboys are expected to showcase the strong and accurate arm of senior QB Clint Chelf who has thrown for 293 yards, 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Cowboys offense will look to pick up from where they left off last year when they beat the Mountaineers 55-34.
While the Mountaineers can expect to rely on luck to win the game on Saturday, the team will look to capitalize on Oklahoma State’s inability to win road games in the Big 12. Dating back to last season, the Cowboys have lost three straight games on the road in conference play. Although the score was lopsided, the Mountaineers defense actually did a good job against the Terrapins by holding them to 17 first downs and 323 yards while being on the field for almost 2/3 of the game. Furthermore, given that West Virginia held the #16 Oklahoma Sooners to only 17 points it appears that the team’s problem rests with the offense not the defense. Against Maryland, West Virginia’s offense only managed six first downs and 175 yards of total offense.