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Oklahoma vs. West Virginia Betting Preview, Odds, and Prediction: Sooners Laying 16 Points

The odds stack up against West Virginia Mountaineers for their Big 12 showdown against the high-flying Oklahoma Sooners. Can the Mountaineers defy the odds at the expense of the Sooners? Find out as we preview this matchup, the odds, and serve up our choice pick.
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Oklahoma vs. West Virginia Betting Preview, Odds, and Prediction: Sooners Laying 16 Points

Date: Saturday, September 25

Time: 3:30 PM ET

Location: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK

West Virginia Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big 12

Oklahoma Record: 3-0, 0-0 Big 12

Oklahoma vs. WVU Betting Odds

West Virginia vs. Oklahoma: Sooners Laying 16 points to Mountaineers

West Virginia Mountaineers face their stiffest challenge this weekend as they head west for a date against the No.4 Oklahoma Sooners on the road. The Mountaineers look to keep the momentum going and extend their winning form to three straight games, while the Sooners look to improve to a perfect 4-0 record and underscore their legitimate CFP credentials.

The Mountaineers are coming off a noteworthy upset against No.15 Virginia Tech, edging their ranked rivals 27-21 at home in Week 3. It marked their second straight win after bouncing back from a Week 1 loss to Maryland.

It's one thing to beat an opponent on home turf, another to do so on the road. Nevertheless, the Oklahoma Sooners are flying the standard in Big 12 behind a three-game winning streak. They beat Tulane and Nebraska narrowly while blowing out W. Carolina 76-0 in-between.

The line for this Big 12 matchup opened up with most sportsbooks Oklahoma -17. Since open doors, the line has moved to -16.5. The total is projected to 58.5 points, down from an opening on 61.5 points in lookahead lines.

Books give Oklahoma a staggering 89.5 percent probability of winning this game. However, by the odds, the Sooners are priced at -850 to win straight up, meaning bettors have to cough up just shy of a grand to win a C-note. On the flipside, W. Virginia is priced at +605 to win straight up. At these odds, the Mountaineers are the quintessential longshot bet with a 14.2 percent probability of winning. Simply put, color the world shocked if the Mountaineers pull off the outright upset.

West Virginia vs. Oklahoma Preview

West Virginia (2-1, 0-0 SEC) got a confidence boost ahead of this pivotal Big 12 showdown by beating Virginia Tech 27-21. However, the game was a tale of two contrasting halves. After putting up 24 points in the first half, the Mountaineers managed only 3 points in the second half and none in the final quarter. Virginia Tech, however, stormed back and made a fist of it by drawing to within a score after putting up 14 points in the last two quarters.

Virginia Tech quarterback Braxton Burmeister nearly pulled off the come-from-behind win, but his fourth-down pass fell incomplete at the goal line in the final minute. The Mountaineers escaped with the win, but it got dicey towards the end. Mountaineers quarterback Jarret Doege threw two touchdown passes while running back Leddie Brown led the team in rushing with 161 yards and a score.

Oklahoma (3-0, 0-0 SEC) entered the 2021 NCAAF season with legitimate CFP ambitions and a bona fide Heisman Trophy contender in quarterback Spencer Rattler. Finally, three games in, the Sooners are living up to the hype….at least, for now. The schedule was light up to this point, but things are getting tougher with each passing week.

The Sooners defense has few weaknesses, and with merely 17 points conceded on average, the unit is one of the stingiest through the first three weeks of the season.

The Sooners offense is one of the most potent in the country, and currently, it ranks sixth overall with 46.3 points scored on average per game.

Overall, Rattler has put up 761 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions in three starts. The Heisman hopeful is completing 74.7 percent of his passes, averaging 7.7 yards per pass, and has a 158.6 RTG.

Oklahoma did come down in the offensive rankings after a somewhat underwhelming Week 3 performance, in which they put up pedestrian numbers and beat Nebraska by merely a touchdown. Oklahoma got off to a slow start against Nebraska and put up seven points in the first half before holding for the 23-16 win. Unfortunately, the seven-point margin was not enough to cover the point spread, which closed at 22 points.

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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma Odds

The outcome of one game isn't cause for panic. When it comes down to CFP consideration, nobody will remember Oklahoma didn't cover the spread against Nebraska. What will count is the fact that the Sooners got the DUB.

Oklahoma has looked like a serious title contender, and that includes last weekend's seven-point win over Nebraska. The best teams learn how to overcome adversity and win ugly. They understand that it's not always about high-octane offense and dizzy stats. Oklahoma is 1-2-0 ATS with a winning margin of 29.3 points.

That said, this is a good spot for Oklahoma to put up impressive numbers. It's an opportunity to throw down the gauntlet and announce their intentions to the Big 12 field with a big win over West Virginia. The Mountaineers escaped by the seat of their pants last week, but they might not be so lucky here. Heck, they might not even get a chance to strike an audible chord in this game.

West Virginia vs. Oklahoma Odds

TeamMoneylineSpreadTotal
West Virginia+550+16Over 57.5
Oklahoma-667-16Under 57.5

Oklahoma vs. WVU Betting Odds

West Virginia vs. Oklahoma Betting and Prediction

Early betting is showing a conspicuous lean towards West Virginia as the 16-point road underdogs. It's early in the week, and Oklahoma bettors are probably waiting for a better number before pulling the trigger. That could very well happen, too. If the trend continues towards West Virginia in the next few days, it wouldn't be surprising if the line is bet down. It could drop below 16 points well before kick-off too.

NCAAF Picks: Oklahoma Sooners -16 (-110)

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Nikki Adams is a freelance sports writer that’s honed in on the world of sports betting. She joined OddsChecker in 2021 after having covered a number of major American sports, including NFL and NCAAF, for several other publications in the industry. When she’s not looking for the best betting angles and writing engaging and insightful articles, she’s likely on a tennis court or binging on reality TV.

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