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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Preview: Season 125 Episode 7 - The One Against The Team That Beat Pitt

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If WVU wins, then they technically win the Backyard Brawl!

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Pitt v Oklahoma State Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

OPENING THOUGHTS

You know, after a statement wins over Texas Tech and TCU, you’d think that Joey Galloway wouldn’t be hating quite as much. But, he still is. During the halftime report of the pathetic slopshow that was the Virginia Tech-Pitt game, Galloway decided to make a comment about Danny Kannell’s pick of the Mountaineers over Oklahoma State by saying "he respects West Virginia so much, he wore flannel". Then he went on to pick the Cowboys to win.

Luckily, Dana Holgorsen was watching and he didn’t skip a beat.

Then Galloway tried to play it off as a joke with this crappy response...

You have got to admit, as much respect as WVU has gotten over the past couple of weeks, it’s nice to have Galloway and Jason Sehorn adding fuel to the fire to keep the Mountaineers and their fans motivated.

I’ll leave this Twitter business with this, which is an opinion that both the Mountaineers and all WVU fans should take.

Anyway, the Mountaineers have a big road test against Oklahoma State this weekend. Since the Pokes beat Pitt 45-38 last month, I’m calling this the ‘Transitive Backyard Brawl’. If WVU wins, let’s just say we win the Backyard Brawl.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Kickoff Time: Noon ET/11:00 AM CT

Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK

Tickets: General Public (WVU sections are 120, 201, 228, 301, 344)

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: Fox

Streaming Video: FoxSportsGO (or the FoxSportsGO app for smartphones)

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or TuneIn app for smartphones)

Satellite Radio: Sirius 136; XM 199

THREADS

West Virginia:

WV Illustrated

The color scheme, not the actual jerseys. WVU has not worn this combination since October 29, 2011 at Rutgers.

Oklahoma State:

ODDS

Spread: WVU by 3.5 to 4 (according to OddsShark)

O/U: 64-65.5

Bill C:

Spread (Home) S&P+ Projection Margin Win Prob. S&P+ Pick (ATS) F/+ Projection F/+ Pick (ATS)
3.5 West Virginia (33.7-31.2) 2.5 55.7% Oklahoma State West Virginia by 5.9 West Virginia

WEATHER FORECAST

For those making the trip to The Stilly, the tailgating temp will be in the mid-60s to lower 70s. During the game, it will get increasingly windy with wind speeds above 20 mph. Temp towards the end of the game will be in the mid 80s and if you’re driving back to Oklahoma City or Tulsa to fly home, it will still be very windy so be careful on the road!

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Stillwater, Oklahoma

Series History: WVU leads 4-3. Before joining the Big 12, WVU won both games of a home-and-home series in 1928-29 and lost to the Pokes in the 1987 Sun Bowl. The series is tied 2-2 since WVU joined the conference in 2012.

Last Year: No. 21 Oklahoma State 33, West Virginia 26 (OT)

SB Nation Blog: Cowboys Ride For Free

Record: 5-2 (3-1 Big 12)

Head Coach: Mike "Mr. Mullet" Gundy

Also, this picture is too good to leave out...

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Continue stress with pass defense. James Washington and Jalen McClesky are dangerous!! Washington already has 740 yards and six touchdowns on the season for the Pokes.
  • Exploit Oklahoma State’s weak O-Line. Mason Rudolph had been sacked 22 times this season and even Kansas got five of those.

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE FROM 1-10)?

5. The ESPN Football Power Index gives West Virginia a 44.3% chance to win. So it’s a little scary. Like David Pumpkins scary. SCARY HILARIOUS!!

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

Should be a really exciting atmosphere in Stillwater, which is why I’m thrilled it’s a nooner. If it were a night game, I’d be tempted to go with Oklahoma State. However, most of the position match ups seem one-sided to me and I think WVU will more than cover the spread.

West Virginia 38, Oklahoma State 27