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WVi Staff Predictions: No. 12 Oklahoma vs. WVU

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Game 10 Outlook: Oklahoma vs. WVU

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Scott Grayson I truly believe WVU is close to coming out of this funk and ending the losing streak.  However, until West Virginia wins a game I cannot pick them.  I've believed in the Mountaineers the past few weeks and been wrong. I do think WVU will give Oklahoma a really good game and see this going into the fourth quarter before the Sooners pull away for good.   Oklahoma has big bodies up front and if Landry Jones has as much time to throw as other Big 12 quarterbacks have against WVU, then records may fall.  OU will play man coverage on defense.  The Sooners bring four or five typically on the pass rush, but that will be enough to get Geno Smith moving around and trying to avoid some sacks.
51-44 OU
 

Scott's Season Record: 5-4

 

 
Geoff Coyle This is one of the games that at the beginning of the season, I would have chalked up a as win for the Mountaineers due to high energy and a quality team.  The energy will be down at Mountaineer Field and the team continues to find new ways to lose, and there will be plenty of opportunities to do just that against the Sooners.  WVU would need a perfect storm, which they will not get. The offense shows that it is back on track, but Oklahoma is a superior team and shows it Saturday night.  West Virginia mathematically erases all of the work it did through the first five games of the season.  48-38 OU
 

Geoff's Season Record: 7-2

 

 
Matt Allevato Could the Mountaineers go from being undefeated with hopes of a conference championship to .500 and still searching for bowl eligibility in its final two games?  Yes, and it will likely happen on Saturday night.  Oklahoma has as much pure talent and NFL caliber athletes as any team the 'Eers have faced this year.  Mike Stoops' defense will roll the corners up and play man-to-man on Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and the other WVU wideouts all game long.  Because of that, Austin and Bailey will have an opportunity to shine, or get shut down.  I think both of those guys will make their fair share of plays (they're simply too talented not to), but the Sooners WILL limit the WVU run game and a one-dimensional passing offense led by Geno Smith won't make enough big plays to outscore the Sooners.  The Mountaineers have been killed by "junior high mistakes" all season long, as head coach Dana Holgorsen put it, and it's likely those special teams woes and blown coverages in the secondary will haunt the 'Eers again.  The Sooners will stroll out of Morgantown with a victory, leaving Mountaineer Nation disappointed for the fifth straight game. 45-35 OU
 

Matt's Season Record: 6-3

 

 
Von Barclay This losing streak has to end eventually.  Unfortunately, WVU faces one of the best teams in the country on Saturday.  Oklahoma's two losses came to #1 Kansas State and #3 Notre Dame.  In their seven other games, they're outscoring opponents by 29 points per game.  The West Virginia secondary will have its hands full against Landry Jones, and the offense is probably going to have to shine again in order to get this team a win.  The Mountaineers will get their points and come closer than most expect to getting a big win, but the Sooner offense prevails, extending WVU's losing streak to five. 48-38 OU
 

Von's Season Record: 6-3

 

 
Jess McCadam I hope the Mountaineers can find it within themselves, somewhere deep down, to fight it out Saturday night in Morgantown.  As Coach Holgorsen said on this week's Dana Holgorsen Show, he is going to play those guys that play with tremendous effort and grit.  That is what he wants this program to be all about.  So, I could care less if it is walk-on players or 4 year starters, I'm with the coach.  Whatever guys are going to get out there, give it everything they have and refuse to lose, put them in.  Just find a way to get Mountaineer football back in the winner's circle, and I think that'll happen on Saturday night.  31-24 WVU
 

Jess' Season Record: 5-4

 

 
Aaron Williams Oklahoma certainly hasn't been lights-out so far this season, but unless the Mountaineers suddenly improve on all three sides of the ball, at the same time, the beat (literally) will go on. 42-28 OU
 

Aaron's Season Record: 6-3

 

 
Sean Manning At the beginning of the season, this was the game everyone looked forward to as THE game of the year in the conference.  Flash forward to the present, and all championship hopes are lost for WVU and they're playing to win this game so they don't slip down to .500 on the year.  WVU still is not bowl eligible, while OU's Big 12 title hopes remain alive.  The game is at night in Morgantown and the Sooners are double digit favorites.  I'm picking West Virginia, who has thrived in this type of role over the years.  42-38 WVU
 

Sean 's Season Record: 5-4

 

 
Michael Ploger Coming into the year, this was the game all the fans were looking forward to, but that quickly diminished.  The Mountaineers are simply outmatched in this game.  The Sooners boast a very talented quarterback in Landry Jones, and perhaps even better receivers with Kenny Stills and Justin Brown.  Could West Virginia finally end the drought at home, for the Gold Rush game?  Possibly.  But I've learned to stop thinking about the possibilities with this team.  Oklahoma wins big in Morgantown.
52-31 OU
  Michael's Season Record: 5-4  
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