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Sooners Look To Bust Out Of Scoring Slump

Oklahoma (3-0 SU, 1-2 ATS) may be unbeaten through three weeks, but the Sooners aren’t putting up points the way they used to. Those offensive struggles could continue this week against West Virginia (2-1, 2-1), which has gone UNDER the total in its last nine games as an underdog.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Oklahoma Sooners
  • Date/Time: September 25, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Memorial Stadium
  • TV Coverage: ABC
  • Opening Odds: Oklahoma -19.5 | O/U 59.5 (Line History)
  • West Virginia vs Oklahoma Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

With Oklahoma struggling to score points right now, bettors are wary of laying this big number with the Sooners. West Virginia had been bet down to a 16.5-point underdog by the time of writing, while the total had also dropped to 58.5.

West Virginia News & Notes

The Mountaineers defense bent but didn’t break last weekend, keying a 27-21 upset of 15th-ranked Virginia Tech. West Virginia stopped the Hokies three times inside their own 10-yard line, including a stop on downs in the dying seconds with the game on the line.

“I’m worn out,” coach Neal Brown told the Associated Press about the emotional win over their in-state rival. “I feel like I’ve played.”

Although West Virginia opened the game with a pair of quick touchdown drives, one of them highlighted by a Leddie Brown 80-yard run, the Mountaineers still went UNDER the total for the ninth straight time as an underdog.

West Virginia tends to play things even tighter to the vest as a road underdog, going UNDER in six straight in that role with those games seeing an average of 38.3 points scored.

Oklahoma News & Notes

For once, the biggest concern in Norman is the Sooners offense, not the defense. Oklahoma generated just 408 total yards as three-touchdown favorites in last week’s 23-16 win over Nebraska, representing the fewest points the Sooners have scored since the 2016 season opener. It also marked the third time in Oklahoma’s last four games vs a Power Five opponent that the Sooners were held to 27 points or less.

Fortunately for Oklahoma, the defense continues to rise to the occasion, and we’re not just talking about D.J. Graham’s spectacular one-handed interception to snuff out a Cornhuskers scoring threat last week.

Coming off a shutout of Western Carolina in Week 2, the Sooners held Nebraska to just 384 total yards despite playing without injured defensive back Billy Bowman, cornerback Woodi Washington and linebacker Danny Stutsman.

Staff Betting Pick: Sooners -16.5

With all of the weapons Oklahoma has on offense, it feels like just a matter of time before it starts to put up big numbers again. Don’t be surprised to see it happen this week against a Mountaineers defense that has allowed at least 52 points in each of the last four meetings.

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Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 9-0 in West Virginia’s last 9 games as an underdog.
  • Oklahoma is 11-0 SU and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games.
  • Oklahoma is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games vs West Virginia.