It’s Just About Game Time In Stillwater
STILLWATER, OKLA.–West Virginia’s dreams of a spot in the Big 12 Championship game and even a berth in the College Football Playoffs come to Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon. The game is slated to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern time) and will be televised by ABC.
The Mountaineers (8-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12) have won only once in their three previous trips to OSU’s Boone Pickens Stadium but all those prior Cowboy squads finished with 10-3 records. This year’s OK State version is currently 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the Big 12. It needs to win one of its final two games to become bowl eligible; it finishes the regular season at TCU next Saturday.
WVU has much more than a low level bowl game at stake, though. A win today in Stillwater won’t guarantee the Mountaineers a spot in the Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Dec. 1, but it will certainly help. A West Virginia victory over Oklahoma State combined with a loss by Iowa State (6-3/5-2) tonight at Texas (4-6/2-5) or next Saturday against Kansas State (4-6/2-5) in Ames will lock WVU into another trip to DFW. And obviously the Mountaineers, who are No. 9 in this week’s CFP rankings, need to win out to have any hope of earning one of the four precious spots in the College Football Playoffs. The Mountaineers close their regular season at home on Friday against No. 6 Oklahoma (9-1/6-1). A WVU win over the Sooners will definitely earn West Virginia a spot in the Big 12 title game, no matter what happens today in Stillwater.
West Virginia enters today’s game as a 4.5-point favorite.
A large crowd is expected at Boone Pickens Stadium, but the 56,790-seat facility isn’t likely to be full, as OSU students have begun their Thanksgiving break.
The weather forecast calls for a pleasant afternoon with temperatures in the low 60s. The chance of rain is zero percent, while wind gusts of up to 14 miles an hour are possible.
Boone Pickens Stadium is still quiet but will start filling up soon pic.twitter.com/EjDBlquJX7
— Gregory Hunter (@HunterWvu88bgn) November 17, 2018