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Big XII Football: Oklahoma Sooners vs West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia Looks to End Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff Hopes

The West Virginia Mountaineers are in a foul mood after being upset last week by Oklahoma State. They will be looking to take out some of their frustrations as the Oklahoma Sooners come to Morgantown. West Virginia has yet to beat the Sooners since joining the Big XII in 2012.

This is the de-facto Big XII Championship game.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LINE: Oklahoma -3: O/U: 85.

West Virginia surrendered a go-ahead touchdown with 42 seconds remaining last weekend to drop a 45-41 decision at Oklahoma State. This loss caused the squad to fall into a second-place tie with Texas in the conference standings.

The Mountaineers and Longhorns still control their destiny in regards to the conference title game. A West Virginia victory against the Sooners would forge a three-way tie for first. This is in the likely event Texas beats Kansas earlier in the day. It would send them to Arlington, Tex. due to head-to-head wins over Oklahoma.

The Sooners only need to post their seventh consecutive win over the Mountaineers to assure themselves of a spot in the Big 12 Championship. A win would keep their hopes of receiving a second straight College Football Playoff invitation alive.

Oklahoma is coming off an uninspiring 55-40 home victory over the three-win Jayhawks. They allowed 524 yards to an offense that had not gained more than 368 during conference play.

High Powered offenses the the Sooners and Mountaineers will be on Display

The 6th-ranked Sooners are 10-1 on the season and 7-1 in conference play.

Heisman Trophy hopeful Kyler Murray is still on pace to become the first FBS player ever to average at least 300 passing yards and 60 rushing yards for an entire season. This is despite throwing for 272 and rushing for 99 while also accounting for five touchdowns versus the Jayhawks.

After leading rusher Trey Sirmon (851 rushing yards) was injured on his first carry of the game, freshman Kennedy Brooks (811) took over for a second straight week. He ran for a season-high 171 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

Marquise Brown racked up 65 receiving yards against Kansas to push him over 1,000 for the second straight season. His 2,116 receiving yards are the most ever for a Sooner through his first 24 career games.

Oklahoma has won 19 consecutive true road games. That is 11 more than the next-longest active streak in FBS.

West Virginia is 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference.

Heisman Trophy candidate Will Grier threw for 364 yards versus the Cowboys. That was his school-record 18th career 300-yard passing game. It boosted his career completion total to 484. He passed Oliver Luck (1978-81) for fifth place in program history.

Kennedy McKoy ran for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He scored two touchdowns in the second straight game and becoming the third Mountaineer to run for at least 100 yards in a game this season.

Senior receiver David Sills V caught at least one touchdown pass for a sixth straight game. He is tied for second in FBS with a Big-12 best 13 receiving scores. His 33 career TD receptions rank as the third most in school history.

Sills (13) and Gary Jennings Jr. (11) are the only pair of teammates in FBS with at least 10 receiving touchdowns.

PREDICTION: West Virginia 51, Oklahoma 45

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Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 49.55 1 23.30 44
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 307.75 13 204.80 54
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 259.75 6 76.40 1
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 40.90 9 30.73 87
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 358.20 6 303.25 121
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 182.00 65 120.75 20
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