Free Pick on Oklahoma Sooners -
West Virginia vs. Oklahoma,
09/07/2013 19:00 EDT,
Score: 7 - 16
Point Spread: -21/-110 Oklahoma
Most of West Virginia’s top players from the Air Raid offense are gone. Without Geno Smith under center, this looks like a team that will struggle for most of the season. The Mountaineers also lost receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Baily. Their quick scoring ability is non-existent this season, and they will have to rely heavily on the ground attack. That could be a major issue against an Oklahoma defense that features a strong linebacking core, and a top-notch secondary.
In week one the Sooners held a solid ULM team scoreless in a 34-0 blowout. Oklahoma is facing a West Virginia defense that was third worst in the nation against the pass, and allowed 38.1 points per game. The Sooners have two dual threat quarterbacks between Trevor Knight and Blake Bell. Knight led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 103 yards, and he also passed for three touchdowns last week. He should have an even better performance this week against a Mountaineers secondary that allowed FCS opponent William & Mary to complete 67% of their passes, and throw for over 200 yards in week one.