If you like to bet college football, then you’re going to be treated to what should be a thrilling affair when the Oklahoma Sooners visit the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Week 4 showdown that gets underway on Saturday.
No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners at West Virginia
Spread: Oklahoma -11
When: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia
Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET
The Sooners have jumped out to a 3-0 record in the 2013 college football betting season. Now they will face their toughest test on Saturday when they visit the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 conference betting battle.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 17, 2014
The Sooners have not found success against the Mountaineers since they joined the conference, barely winning a pair of games over the past couple years and failing to cover the spread as double-digit favorites both times.
Bet College Football – No. 4 Oklahoma at West Virginia Preview:
Oklahoma: (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) has the look of a legitimate national title contender after moving to 3-0 after laying an emphatic 34-10 smackdown on Tennessee to cash in as a 21-point home favorite in their Week 3 battle.
The Sooners got solid performances from several players including quarterback Travis Knight as the poised signal-caller completed 20 of 33 pass attempts for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Oklahoma does have some bad news coming into this contest in the fact that starting running back Keith Ford.
The sophomore suffered a small fracture in his right leg in Saturday’s home win over Tennessee.
"That’ll be a week-to-week," said head coach Bob Stoops. "That could be two weeks, three weeks, it’s always a little bit hard to tell, depending on how it heals, so we’ll just have to wait and see how that goes. For sure, he won’t be able to play this week."
The Sooners will turn to a pair of their young backs in order to replace Ford.
"I think all three of those guys are ready to step in at any time that they are called upon and do great things," Knight said. "You’ve seen through the first three games that all of them have the big-play threat and can run the ball effectively and do what we need to do in our offense."
Defensively, Oklahoma has been an absolute monster as they rank 19th in both total yards allowed (295.3) and rushing yards allowed (86.7) and a stellar 11th in points allowed (9.0).
— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) September 17, 2014
West Virginia (2-1 SU, 3-0 ATS) has won two straight games, but they had a tough time in putting Maryland away in its 40-37 Week 3 road win over the Terrapins the last time out, though they did cover the spread as a 3-point road dog to move to a perfect 3-0 ATS on the season.
Senior quarterback Clint Trickett has a career day in leading the Mountaineers to victory.
Trickett completed 37 of 49 passes for 511 yards and four touchdowns while senior wide receiver Kevin White had 13 catches for 216 yards and one score. Trickett ranks third in the nation in passing yards (1,224) while White ranks second in the country in catches (32) and yards (460).
"(The Sooners) are a great team and have a high power offense," Trickett told the school’s official website. "They have a great defense as well and are returning a lot of guys. They are a traditional powerhouse. They are Oklahoma, but I said the same thing with Alabama. There is no such thing as an unbeatable team. We just have to find whatever weaknesses they have, if there are any, and try to exploit them."
West Virginia has to overcome the loss of starting cornerback Daryl Worley who was suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The sophomore has 17 tackles and two interceptions on the season.
Oklahoma beat West Virginia 16-7 in Week 2 of 2013 to improve to 2-0 in the series since West Virginia joined the Big 12. Oklahoma also won in West Virginia 50-49 in 2012 and I like them to win and cash in again, mostly because the Sooners’ defense is absolutely voracious.
The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games against a team with a winning home record and a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a winning record.
The Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and a discouraging 1-6 ATS in their L/7 conference games while Oklahoma has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and a near-perfectfive4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.