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Blue Gold Sports Staff Prediction Game Four: Oklahoma Sooners

Ashley O’Brien: The Mountaineers are off on their second road trip of the season, traveling to Norman to play an Oklahoma Sooners team that almost lost to Tulane. The Mountaineers have not been able to beat the Sooners since joining the Big 12 and sadly, I think that streak will be kept alive Saturday. While I hate to see the Mountaineers get handed their second loss, I will be floored if they pull off the upset. West Virginia’s stock is on the rise and coming off the big upset over Virginia Tech, there’s clearly improvement from game one; but I think the Sooners are settling into their stride as September ends.

Oklahoma 35, West Virginia 14

Ethan Bock: The Mountaineers will be traveling to Norman, Oklahoma, with all of the momentum still contained from the huge victory over Virginia Tech last weekend. Obviously, the Sooners have Heisman Trophy candidate Spencer Rattler at quarterback but OU has a one of the most talented receiving cores in the country with Jadon Haselwood, Marvin Mims, Mario Williams and others. WVU’s secondary will really be tested on Saturday.

Offensively, the Mountaineers can’t afford to commit any turnovers. If they can control the ball and the game, they have a shot to make it a close game. I think the Mountaineers commit just one too many turnovers to steal the game in Norman.

Oklahoma 31, West Virginia 24

Wesley Shoemaker: I think the Mountaineers will keep this game closer than most people think. Traveling to Norman, and playing an Oklahoma team that has underachieved so far this season can be a recipe for disaster. It could also be a good thing, if West Virginia is able to catch Oklahoma at a low point and themselves at a high point. With that being said, I am not sure the offense can get past its second half woes. Under Neal Brown, scoring points in the second half has been just as hard as beating Oklahoma has been for West Virginia. (Spoiler: they have not beat them since joining the Big 12) The game will be close through three quarters, but in the fourth, the talent level of Oklahoma will be too much for West Virginia to handle.

Oklahoma 38, West Virginia 27

Quinn Burkitt: This week the No. 4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners pose a huge threat for the Mountaineers in their opening Big 12 conference game of the season. Quarterback Spencer Rattler will be a huge attack on the Sooners offense as he has already tossed for seven total touchdowns and 761 yards in the young season. Not to mention, West Virginia’s defense has allowed on average 56.7 points in their last three matchups to Oklahoma so the defense may be getting a wake up call earlier than they were expecting. A Sooner defense that ranked third in interceptions last season will pose a threat for Jarett Doege and his receivers through the passing attack on Saturday. Ultimately, I see Oklahoma running away with the game in the second half with West Virginia keeping it close through the first half or so.

Oklahoma 35, West Virginia 17

Carleigh Minor: Moving on from a huge win for the Mountaineers over Virginia Tech, I hope to see another win against Oklahoma. The Sooners are currently 2nd in the Big 12, so we do have a big game on our hands. Due to the Mountaineers doing so well last game, I’m not too sure what to expect. I also think the support that the Mountaineer fans bring to the stadium is very helpful for the players. Being an away game, I’m not too sure how it’s going to pan out. I hope WVU can upset Oklahoma and bring home a win.

Oklahoma 35, West Virginia 20

Aaron Parker: Following the big win against Virginia Tech, West Virginia will have a big test ahead of them in Norman, Oklahoma, as they take on the 4th ranked Sooners. Oklahoma beat the Mountaineers by convincing margins in the previous two games in Norman, but I have a sneaky-good feeling that the Mountaineers will give Oklahoma a good game on Saturday. For West Virginia, I think Leddie Brown will find the end zone once, while Jarret Doege will throw a touchdown to Isaiah Esdale. I also think the Mountaineers will get a pick-six, but Oklahoma’s offense will prevail. I think Spencer Rattler and running back Kennedy Brooks will have good games, and Oklahoma will also win the turnover battle.

Oklahoma 34, West Virginia 24

Hayley Maguire:

The big 12 opener is here and it should be an interesting one. WVU is looking to pull through against No. 4 Oklahoma this Saturday. Going in, wvu is definitely the underdog but Sooner quarterback Spencer Rattler has been looking a little shaky this year. If Oklahoma can get to Doege it’s going to be a really tough day for the Mountaineer offense. It’s going to take a lot for the mountaineers to pull through meaning almost a perfect game in every aspect, defensively and offensively. It should be a good game but ultimately I don’t think wvu has what they need to pull off the win.

Oklahoma 35, West Virginia 21

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