College football odds: No. 12 Oklahoma at West Virginia
Remember those Heisman hopes of West Virginia QB Geno Smith, the former front-runner? They are gone, as are WVU’s chances of a Big 12 title or BCS bowl. The Mountaineers look for their signature Big 12 win so far Saturday vs. Oklahoma. The Sooners, who still have BCS bowl at-large hopes, are 11-point WagerWeb.com favorites.
Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1) has won two straight since a home loss to Notre Dame ended the Sooners’ national title hopes. Last week OU beat Baylor 42-34. Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores and Oklahoma limited Baylor to a season-low 172 yards passing in the victory. Coach Bob Stoops moved into sole possession of second place on the school’s wins list by passing Bob Wilkinson, who was 145-29-4 and won three national championships with the Sooners. At 146-36, Stoops trails only Barry Switzer’s 157-29-4 record that’s the best in Oklahoma history. Switzer also won three national titles. Stoops has won one.
OU’s two losses this year have come against a pair of squads ranked in the top three in the BCS standings and the AP Poll who own a combined 20-0 record – BCS No. 1 (AP No. 2) Kansas State (10-0) and BCS/AP No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0).
WVU (5-4, 2-4) now just is hoping for a bowl berth and must win one of its final three games. The Mountaineers dropped their fourth straight last week, 55-34 at Oklahoma State. Smith was 36 of 54 for 364 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers, who gave up 55 points for the second time in three weeks. Stedman Bailey caught 14 of Smith’s passes for 225 yards and a score.
OU is seeking to win six straight Big 12 games in the same season since posting a seven-game streak in 2008. OU has outscored its last five conference opponents by a 233-102 margin (46.6 – 19.2 ppg). Oklahoma has outgained its last five Big 12 foes in total yardage by an average of 503.2 to 334.4 ypg.
Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team that hasn’t permitted a 300-yard QB in 2012. WVU’s Geno Smith enters this week’s game ranked third in the nation in passing (337.9 ypg). Last week, Baylor entered its contest vs. OU leading the nation in passing (392.1 ypg) and was held to a season-low 172 passing yards by the Sooners.
This is the first meeting between these schools since 2008.
WagerWeb.com trends: Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. Sooners are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. Sooners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. Mountaineers are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Mountaineers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. Mountaineers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games. Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.