Lock West Virginia -6.5 vs. Oklahoma State With Your College Football Picks

Steven Suarez

Thursday, October 8, 2015 7:15 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 7:15 PM UTC

Though the Cowboys are the team that's ranked in this matchup, it's West Virginia that's favored on the college football odds board. Find out who we like to cover inside.

Odds Overview
If you act fast, you can see get a line of 6.5 at some sportsbooks, but most have the spread at even seven points. Yes, the Mountaineers are favored on the college football odds by a touchdown at home for week six of the college football season, in spite of a hot start from Oklahoma State thus far.

As of now we see the total trading at 60.5 points, which is right in line with what we are expecting. Both teams have done some great things offensively through the first five weeks.


West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineers couldn't have asked for a better start to their season, as they crushed all three non-conference opponents they faced, while scoring 41+ points in each rout.

That spotless record was blemished this past week, however, as West Virginia was no match for Bayker Mayfield and Oklahoma on the road. It was a game to forget for QB Skyler Howard, who completed only 17-of-32 pass attempts for 173 yards to go with one touchdown and three interceptions in the heavy loss. Those turnovers proved to be costly, with the Sooners taking advantage to rack up 44 points in the 20-point victory.

It's not that much better of a matchup this week for Howard and company, despite being at home, as Oklahoma State has actually done very well defensively thus far. That said, they haven't exactly faced a gauntlet of opponents yet, so it's hard to say just how good that unit really is. We think Howard will fare much better here on Saturday.


Oklahoma State Cowboys
At 5-0, the Cowboys are flying high right now. They've been pushed to the limits over the last couple of weeks but managed to squeak out narrow wins over Texas and then Kansas State to preserve their unbeaten mark.

Coming into the weekend, Oklahoma State is averaging 38.0 points per game, putting them 43rd in the country in that regard. They've been even better defensively, however, allowing just 19.2 points per game, good for 33rd in the nation. The numbers may be a little inflated due to the weak non-conference schedule the Cowboys faced though, as they've had more trouble in that regard since Big-12 action begun.

Offensively, Mason Rudolph has done what's been asked of him, posting a 9:4 TD:INT ratio, with backup J.W. Walsh coming in and making things happen with his legs here and there. Chris Carson leads the team with 274 rushing yards and three scores, while David Glidden and Marcell Ateman have been the top targets in the passing game, combining for 711 yards and six touchdowns on the year so far.


NCAA Football Pick
The general public is going to look at this line and jump all over the chance to back the Cowboys as underdogs. After all, they've still yet to lose this season and are ranked, whereas West Virginia isn't.

Truth is, the schedule has been relatively easy for Oklahoma State so far and this is certainly going to be their toughest challenge of the season to date. They haven't been nearly as dominant since conference play started, and now they run into a motivated West Virginia team on Saturday.

The Mountaineers had to be have been disappointed with their overall performance against the Sooners last week, as they struggled to get anything going on both sides of the ball. Look for a rebound here from West Virginia back at home as our college football pick. We're expecting the Mountaineers to win by at least a touchdown and hand the Cowboys their first loss of the season in the process.

College Football Pick: West Virginia -6.5 at Bookmaker

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