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Blue Gold Sports Staff Predictions Game Nine: Oklahoma State Cowboys

Ashley O’Brien: Isn’t offense fun? Last week Jarret Doege and this offense showed what they are capable of. This team is good enough to keep pace with Oklahoma State, and are good enough to have a chance to win late. I think the defense will have a good game plan as they have seen so many good offenses recently. The Mountaineers will be ready to play and have the confidence to be able to beat a caliber of this team. I think it close, but the Mountaineers will always break your heart, and lose by three late.

Oklahoma State 24, West Virginia 21

Wesley Shoemaker: The Mountaineers have resurrected their season after a 2-4 start. Many fans were calling for head coach Neal Brown’s job. Now fans are again trusting the climb as this team is climbing. This Oklahoma State team is good and they are experienced. It will take a lot from Brown’s team to defeat a second consecutive top-25 team. I think this will be a lower scoring affair, with both defenses being the better sides of the ball for their respective teams. Expect a loud crowd, a fun atmosphere, and a closer game than people might think. Although they are playing well it will be hard to defeat this team. I could easily see this game being decided late or in overtime.

Oklahoma State 24, West Virginia 23

Ethan Bock: Following the most complete win of the season, it appears as Neal Brown and his West Virginia team have finally figured it out. The bye week three weeks ago was the best thing to happen to this team, as they surge to break their losing streak and start a winning streak. Now at 4-4, WVU welcomes No. 11 Oklahoma State. Last season, the Cowboys started backup Shane Illingworth against WVU, and won by two touchdowns in Stillwater. This season, Spencer Sanders is healthy and will play the Mountaineers. The Cowboys’ defense has been great this season, allowing 18.0 points a game. Even though Oklahoma State is ranked high, all of their games this season have been within two scores, minus the Kansas game. With all of the festivities going on this Saturday at Milan Puskar, I think West Virginia will keep it close but WVU needs to have another near-perfect performance like last weekend.

West Virginia 24, Oklahoma State 30

Aaron Parker: With the Mountaineers finally rolling, I think the matchup against Oklahoma State will be an entertaining one. The great Major Harris will be getting his number retired and WVU will be honoring the armed forces, so there should be a good crowd with a lot of electricity. I think WVU will keep up their good play and find the end zone with Leddie Brown, and also the pass game. I think Sean Ryan and Bryce Ford-Wheaton will both catch touchdowns. I think the Mountaineers will hold a one-score lead going into halftime and into the fourth quarter, but I think Oklahoma State will just simply find a way to win. I think Spencer Sanders will play well and extend plays, but in general, I can just see Mike Gundy’s crew pulling out a win that maybe they don’t dominate. They have done that multiple times against the Mountaineers, and I think they will extend their winning streak against WVU to seven games.

West Virginia 34, Oklahoma State 35

Carleigh Minor: Looking at how well the Mountaineers have been doing, I can only hope it continues against Oklahoma State this Saturday. Even though WVU has been doing well and surprised us all in their matchup against Iowa State, I’m not too sure it’s going to be enough to beat the Cowboys. I hope WVU can continue the communication between quarterback Jarret Dodge and Leddie Brown. I also think wide receive Bryce Ford-Wheaton will also make some interesting plays. Being under the support of the Mountaineer fans, I do have faith in WVU and hopefully, they are able to take this season under their belts and beat OKST.

West Virginia 28, Oklahoma State 34

Quinn Burkitt: This West Virginia football team has shown quite the resilience since the bye week, knocking off two tough Big 12 conference opponents in TCU and then-No. 22 Iowa State last weekend. The Cowboys present a challenge for the Mountaineers on the defensive side of the ball this week with one of the most powerful running backs in the country in Jaylen Warren lurking in their backfield. The West Virginia defensive front will need to step up to the plate like they have many times this season and shut down a strong rushing attack. Even after such a dominant offensive performance last week between Doege and his receivers, I see Oklahoma State outperforming West Virginia on offense with a ground game that averages 176.9 yards per game.

Oklahoma State 31, West Virginia 25

Hayley Maguire: Coming off of two big wins, it’s hard to say what the Mountaineers will pull off this weekend. Oklahoma state has a reliable defense but not one that pairs well with their offense. Jarret Doege is preforming they way everyone has been waiting for. West Virginia is at home for the second straight week and it appears that home field advantage has been really helping them out. OSU quarterback, Spencer Sanders, struggles with consistency so the matchup up between him and Doege should be interesting. It’ll be a good game and I think the Mountaineers have enough motivation and fire under them to pull off another upset.

West Virginia 30, Oklahoma State 27

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