Last time I placed a huge bet on the Mountaineers, I wagered with my heart and lost an exorbitant amount of money in the process. I love the Mountaineers more than life itself and I’m an admitted homer and undying optimist for things West Virginia University. It’s my home, it’s my alma mater, it means everything to me.
Often times, I put what I want to happen before what I really think will happen. This was certainly the case when West Virginia was beaten by Iowa State earlier in the season and I lost more money than I’m willing to admit.
With that said, the West Virginia Mountaineers are a different team now with Jarret Doege running the offense and they will absolutely beat Oklahoma State Saturday at noon in Morgantown, and I’m willing to put another colossal amount of money on it. The obvious question is, “How much?” That won’t be revealed but it’s substantial and it’s actually a very good bet.
Following the announcement that Oklahoma State starting quarterback Spencer Sanders had surgery on his thumb and would be out for the remainder of the season, the Cowboys immediately went from 7.5 point to 5.5 point favorites over the Mountaineers.
The initial 7.5 point line was a bit high considering Jarret Doege’s outstanding performance last week against Kansas State on the road and Oklahoma State’s terrible pass defense, which ranks 116th out of 130 teams nationally, giving up 273.1 yards per game this season. Doege will take advantage of this and Sam James (and company) will come up with another big game as the Mountaineers easily cover and beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys today.
With Oklahoma State’s starter out and Jarret Doege going against a weak pass defense in the team’s final home game, it feels less like a possible win and more like a probable win.