Pick Home Dog West Virginia 1st Half vs. Oklahoma NCAA Football

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:52 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 2:52 PM GMT

The West Virginia Mountaineers have played some of their best football early in games this season, which makes them dangerous underdogs in the opening 30 minutes versus the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday night.

Boomer Sooner
Oklahoma seeks is 11th 4-0 start under longtime head coach Bob Stoops, as it comes off a 34-10 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers as 21-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time this year.

The Sooners are 12-3 in Big 12 Conference openers since Stoops arrived on campus, which is important to consider when making your Week 4 college football picks, especially since they own a plus-101 scoring edge in their first three contests.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 8-0 SU and 5-3 ATS as road favorites, with the OVER going 6-2 in that situation.

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Starting Fast
West Virginia is outscoring its opponents by a 27-3 margin in the first quarter this season, while it has also put up points on the opening drive in all three of its games during the 2014 campaign.

The Mountaineers ran a school-record 108 plays in their 40-37 win over Maryland as three-point road underdogs last week, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds, as they opened the season with just 69 plays versus Alabama.

College football handicappers will find that the squad is 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS in September since 2012.

 

Running Back Committee 
The Sooners will be playing without leading rusher Keith Ford, who suffered a slight fracture in a non-weight bearing bone in his right leg last time out, which means that Samaje Perine and Alex Ross will have to carry the load.

Oklahoma needs that duo to create balance for signal-caller Trevor Knight, who has completed 59 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games as a starter.

 

Trickett
Mountaineers quarterback Clint Trickett completed 37-of-49 attempts for 511 yards and four touchdowns against Maryland in Week 3, which earned him numerous Player of the Week honors.

Trickett has some major weapons on the perimeter, with senior receiver Kevin White leading the way, as he finished with a career-high 13 catches for 216 yards last week, while teammate Mario Alford finished with 11 catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mountaineers in the first half as one of their college football picks, as head coach Dana Holgorsen has his offensive unit in rhythm, while he’s also covered the number in his first two career meetings against Stoops.

College Football Pick:  West Virginia First Half at 5Dimes

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