Oklahoma State leads the all-time series winning 6 of the 10 meetings. The series started in 1928, but the Cowboys have recently owned the Mountaineers winning four in a row.
That streak started with this 33-26 overtime loss by West Virginia in 2015. And those last four games have been decided by an average of less than 10 points per game.
Both teams are leaning on different quarterbacks than the guy who started the season. West Virginia began with Austin Kendall but is now relying on junior Jarret Doege. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s big win at Kansas State.
Oklahoma State starter Spencer Sanders has thrown for 2,065 yards and 16 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He had surgery this week to repair an injured thumb after hitting it on an opponents helmet last week. Redshirt senior Dru Brown will get his first start of the season. So far in mop up duty, he has passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
Brown will have a nasty pass rush to deal with and could spend a lot of time on his back. WVU is second in the Big 12 and 27th nationally with 28 sacks this season.
Meanwhile, Doege and the Mountaineers would certainly love to find some success on the ground, but that has not been the case this season. WVU has the second-worst rushing attack in all of college football, ranking 129th out of 130 teams.
WVU has plenty of motivation today. 22 seniors will play their final game at Mountaineer Field. Perhaps even more important than that, a win over Oklahoma State today and a win at TCU next week will send West Virginia to a bowl game.