A huge battle of undefeated teams occurs this Saturday when West Virginia travels to Norman to battle Oklahoma. Both West Virginia and Oklahoma have played some great football this season.
West Virginia goes into the matchup off of an impressive 45 to 6 win over Maryland. West Virginia is 2 and 1 against the spread. Only a non-cover versus Liberty, where they pulled their starters early, is what’s precluding them from a perfect ATS record. Oklahoma has gone 2 and 1 ATS this season as well. The Sooners’ last win, a 52 to 38 victory over Tulsa, is the only game that’s keeping them from an undefeated ATS record.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The No. 23 West Virginia Mountaineers Vs No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners College Football Week 4 Odds
What: No. 23 West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0) at No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners (3-0)
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Norman, OK
Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK)
Weather: 63° F / Rain
Spread: Oklahoma -7
Moneyline: West Virginia +190 at Oklahoma -230
Game Total: 58
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Why Bet On No. 23 West Virginia to Beat No. 15 Oklahoma (-7)
The key for West Virginia in this matchup with Oklahoma is that they have a defense this season to go along with their powerful offense. Usually, the Mountaineers have to hope to outscore Oklahoma if they plan on beating the Sooners. That’s not the case this season.
West Virginia has allowed a total of 23 points in 3 games this season. Granted, the Mountaineers have beaten Georgia Southern 44 to 0, Liberty 41 to 17 and Maryland 45 to 6. But, West Virginia was up 27 to 0 before Liberty scored 7 points with 32 seconds left in the third quarter. West Virginia was up 45 to 0 before Maryland scored their only 6 points in the fourth quarter.
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West Virginia is taking big leads into late into the third quarter and into the fourth quarter in their games. They’re relaxing the defense or taking out their starters and then teams are scoring against them.
Why Bet On 15 Oklahoma (-7) to Beat 23 West Virginia
If Oklahoma tries to score with West Virginia, things could get shaky. The Mountaineers have a good defense and the offense is ranked twelfth in the nation. West Virginia averages 543.3 yards and 43.3 points per game. The Mountaineers can score with any team in the nation.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 29, 2015
Oklahoma’s best chance at winning the game and covering the spread is to utilize terrific running back Samaje Perine, who should have way more yards on the ground than the 263 that he’s acquired so far this season. Perine is every bit as good as UCLA’s Paul Perkins at running the football. The Sooners should understand that the way to beat West Virginia is to wear down the Mountaineers’ underrated defense.
It’s unlikely that Oklahoma will do that. The Sooners are committed to their spread formation offense. That could doom them in this game. My final score prediction is West Virginia 45, Oklahoma 38.