The Oklahoma Sooners have cruised to a 3-0 record so far this season but will face a tough test on Saturday when they visit the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 battle.
Point spread: The Sooners opened as 11-point favorites at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, but bettors had pounded the line down to seven points by Wednesday, when the total was 62, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report)
Odds Shark computer prediction: 40.4-35.1 Sooners
Why the Oklahoma Sooners can cover the spread
Oklahoma is a different team than the one that was lucky to come away with wins against West Virginia each of the last two years, easily covering the spread in beating Tennessee (34-10 as 21-point favorites) and Tulsa (52-7 as 24-point chalk) the past two weeks.
The Sooners need to carry that momentum forward intoMorgantown, which is not an easy place to play, as they found out in a 50-49 win there two years ago.
But Oklahoma is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games overall, 4-1 versus the line in its past five against Big 12 opponents and 5-2 ATS the last seven times as a road favorite, giving the team an edge.
Why the West Virginia Mountaineers can cover the spread
The Mountaineers are 3-0 ATS this season and have built some confidence in themselves since falling to Alabama 33-23 in the season opener. They are coming off a 40-37 victory at Maryland as three-point underdogs behind a monster performance from quarterback ClintTrickett, who completed 37 of 49 passes for a career-high 511 yards and four touchdowns.
The Florida State transfer has given West Virginia a boost and could definitely keep his team within the number against the Sooners for the third year in a row.
- Oklahoma is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games
- West Virginia is 8-15-1 ATS in its last 24 games at home