January 31, 2023

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Know Your Opponent: A visit to the mountains

Defensive again Russ Yeast intercepts the ball from West Virginia and runs it again. (Archive picture by Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegian Media Group)

No. 15 Ok-State (7-3) (5-2)

It was introduced at head coach Chris Klieman’s press convention that security Kobe Savage is out for the season and quarterback Adrian Martinez is out not less than towards the Mountaineers. Backup quarterback Will Howard will change Martinez and has an opportunity to stay the starter afterwards, as he has performed properly in his alternatives thus far. Safeties Cincere Mason and TJ Smith are potential choices to exchange Savage, who has led the staff in interceptions. 

If the Wildcats can win the remaining video games towards West Virginia and Kansas, they’ll play within the Massive 12 Championship Recreation towards TCU. To make it to the massive sport, the Wildcats should first take down the thus far underwhelming West Virginia Mountaineers as Howard takes the helm.

West Virginia (4-6) (2-3)

The Mountaineers’ season has been total disappointing. Getting into with the switch of quarterback JT Daniels, expectations have been that the staff would enhance. With inconsistency from Daniels and a struggling protection, West Virginia finds themselves with a under .500 file. Including insult to harm, the staff’s largest energy in freshman operating again CJ Donaldson was dominated out of the season two weeks in the past. Their gut-wrenching season nonetheless has not been a complete failure. The staff has stood out with wins over Oklahoma and Baylor and a detailed loss to No. 4 TCU, the place the offense almost took the lead late within the fourth quarter. The veteran-led offense has proven the potential to maintain up with many Massive 12 groups, however might be challenged by the Ok-State protection.

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Matchup to Watch: Deuce Vaughn vs. West Virginia Protection

Working again Deuce Vaughn is the primary matchup for Ok-State opponents to concentrate on. Vaughn has run for 1081 yards on the season, averaging 5.5 yards per carry with 5 dashing touchdowns. His capability to tackle any defender and to patiently anticipate operating lanes to open up has left many defenses struggling to include him. Exterior of operating the soccer, Vaughn has excelled within the passing sport as of late, bringing in 23 catches for 192 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns within the final 4 video games. West Virginia gives Vaughn with the prospect to have a highlight-filled sport because the Mountaineers have struggled with proficient operating backs this season.

The West Virginia protection has allowed 147.2 dashing yards per sport this season, inserting them across the center of the pack within the Soccer Bowl Subdivision. Nonetheless, that doesn’t inform the complete story. Of their slim victory over Oklahoma final week, Sooners operating again Eric Grey ran for 211 dashing yards on 25 carries –– a profession excessive for him. TCU operating again Kendre Miller ran for 120 yards on simply 12 carries whereas Texas operating again Bijan Robinson and Texas Tech operating again Tahj Brooks every ran for over 100 yards towards the Mountaineers. The West Virginia protection has constantly struggled towards Massive 12 operating backs, and now they face among the finest in Vaughn. If they will’t discover a option to cease Vaughn early, it’ll solely make the problem harder for the Mountaineer protection.

 

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Key Gamers

Ok-State:

Security Cincere Mason

Tight Finish Ben Sinnott

West Virginia: 

Quarterback JT Daniels

Linebacker Lee Kpogba

Prediction: Ok-State: 37-20