The WVU football team has nothing to lose in its regular season finale against Oklahoma.
The Sooners have already secured a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game and West Virginia is said to be a near-lock for the Liberty Bowl. A win by the Mountaineers could keep the Sooners out of the College Football Playoff.
Betting lines are going against the WVU football team, though. According to oddsshark.com, the WVU football team is a 23-point underdog against Oklahoma. The projected score on the site is 49-38, in favor of the Sooners.
The sizable difference can be attributed to the absence of West Virginia quarterback Will Grier. With Chris Chugunov starting in his place, the offense is likely not to run as efficiently as it would if Grier was in there. That was evident last week in a disappointing loss at home to Texas.
West Virginia does have a chance to make a difference early on with the penalty of OU quarterback Baker Mayfield. The senior who is a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy will not start, according to OU head coach Lincoln Riley.
Mayfield will likely only be out for a possession or two in the first quarter, so it’s not as if WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen will be adjusting his gameplan all that much. One thing both teams can plan for is a beautiful day for football.
According to weather.com, there is a zero percent chance of rain with partly sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid-60s. Norman, Oklahoma must be wonderful this time of the year. Morgantown, West Virginia was not as lucky this season as several home games, including the most recent one against Texas, were cold and rainy.
The nice weather will be welcomed by the Mountaineers, which means it could brighten their spirits and inspire them even more to pull the upset.
Hey, if West Virginia’s rival Pitt can putt off an upset, so can the Mountaineers. West Virginia needs to play its best game of the season. Maybe the Mountaineers are saving the best for last.