After rolling over its first three opponents of the 2013 campaign, No. 11 Oklahoma State begins Big 12 play against West Virginia on Saturday.
The Cowboys rank 10th in the nation in points per game so far, along with Georgia Tech. They defeated overmatched Lamar last week, 59-3.
West Virginia (2-2) got rocked by Maryland last week, 37-0. The Mountaineers posted only 175 total yards in the defeat while committing six turnovers. One of quarterback Ford Childress' two interceptions was returned 28 yards for a score.
The Mountaineers look to clean up their act as they host the No. 11 team in the nation on Saturday.
Here's a look at the matchup in Morgantown.
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Mountaineer Field, Morgantown, W.Va.
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Oklahoma State -18
Oklahoma State Injuries (via USA Today)
West Virginia Injuries (via USA Today)
Questionable: DL Garrett Hope (Concussion), DL Christian Brown (Leg)
Top Storyline: The Play of J.W. Walsh
Sophomore J.W. Walsh has been impressive in 2013.
He has not only completed 70 percent of his passes for 642 yards with five touchdowns to one interception, the dual-threat has also rushed for 182 yards and two scores.
Walsh's performance against UTSA in the 56-35 victory on Sept. 7 may be the Big 12's best to date this season. He went 24-of-27 for 326 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for a score in the electric outing.
Walsh will be facing his former recruiter, Dana Holgorsen, who is now head coach at West Virginia. Although, it's going to be hard for Holgorsen to actually root for him this time around.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 38, West Virginia 10
This figures to be a rough outing for Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia.
If the Mountaineers lost to Maryland by a score of 37-0 last week, how are they going to fare against powerful Oklahoma State?
West Virginia dearly misses Geno Smith. While the defense is better than the 37-0 loss to Maryland would indicate, you can't keep leaving the unit out on the field in bad field position and expect it to continuously limit opponents.
It's only a matter of time before J.W. Walsh and the Cowboys break through on Saturday. When they do, it could get ugly.
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