Kickoff: 11 AM CT
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
Twitter: Follow @HeartlandPokes for live-tweets during the game
It’s been a long season for Oklahoma State football. What started off as a bright and exciting year quickly turned south, and after the Bedlam loss in Norman last weekend, hopefully the Cowboys have made the necessary adjustments to finish the season on a strong note.
Oklahoma State hosts West Virginia in the regular season finale Saturday morning, and while the Mountaineers have struggled to a 4-7 record, they cannot be overlooked. The Mountaineers aren’t exactly an offensive powerhouse, but they did manage a win against Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago, and Dante Stills is a monster on the defensive line.
Today will be a special day, regardless of the outcome, as a handful of seniors play their last game in Stillwater. This season may not have turned out the way that the Loyal and True would have liked, but fans are grateful for the dedication from these players.
How the Cowboys Can Win
Oklahoma State has to figure out a way to hold the front line on offense. Dante Stills is a talented defensive lineman who has haunted opposing backfields for years. If he and the other Mountaineers find a way to wreak havoc on the Cowboy offense, then it could be a long day. However, if Oklahoma State’s O-line can give Spencer Sanders and the running backs time to make some things happen, then the Cowboys should win easily.
How the Mountaineers Can Win
West Virginia can win this game if they can move the ball. Obviously scoring more points than your opponent wins you the game, but even when Oklahoma State’s defense has been awful, they have still managed to find ways to slow teams down, particularly on third down. If the Mountaineers figure out how to convert on key downs and make their way down field, they could upset the Cowboys at home.
Staff Score Predictions
|Craig||33-20 Oklahoma State|
|Matt||36-31 West Virginia|
|Zack||34-24 Oklahoma State|
An Oklahoma State Win Would…
- Improve the school-record home winning streak to 15 games.
- Mark the second time in school history that Oklahoma State has had a perfect home record in back to-back seasons. The first came when Oklahoma A&M went 3-0 at home in both 1917 and 1918.
- Match a school record for most home wins in a season with seven. OSU set the record with seven home wins last season and has won at least six home games in 10 previous seasons.
- Mark the 15th time in school history and the seventh time since 1940 (1940; 1945; 1957; 1984; 2011; 2021; 2022) that OSU has finished the season with a perfect record at home.
- Secure a top-four finish in the Big 12 standings for the fourth straight season and for the 10th time in the 12 years played without divisions.
- Make OSU 8-4 or better for the fourth straight season and for the 12th time in the Mike Gundy era.
- Give OSU wins in nine of its past 10 and in 22 of its past 26 games following a loss.
- Give OSU wins in 10 of its past 14 regular season conference games.
- Give OSU eight straight wins vs. the Mountaineers and four straight wins in Stillwater.
- Make the Cowboys 10-4 all-time vs. West Virginia and 5-2 vs. WVU in Stillwater.
- Make OSU 22-6 in its past 28 games overall, dating back to the 2020 season.
Notable Streaks and Trends Entering the Game
- OSU has won a school-record 14 consecutive home games.
- OSU has held 29 of its past 32 Big 12 opponents under their season scoring average.
- OSU has won 81 consecutive games when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 points, dating back to Sept. 13, 2003 – the longest active stretch of time in the FBS and longest since at least 1980.
- OSU has held its opponent scoreless on its game-opening drive in 29 of its past 42 games.
- OSU has held its opponent to less than a 50% third down conversion rate in 35 of its past 36 games.
- OSU is 34-13 in its past 47 games decided by fewer than 10 points.
- OSU is 44-7 in its past 51 games when leading at halftime, dating back to Sept. 17, 2016.
- Dating back to 2005, OSU is 45-4 when not committing a turnover.
- Dating back to 2008, OSU is 74-8 when winning the turnover battle.
- OSU has won three of its past five overtime games.
- OSU has forced 45 turnovers in its past 29 games.
- Over the past 36 games, OSU has held opponents to 150-for-544 (27.6%) on third down