The Associated Press
No. 10 West Virginia (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1), 11 a.m. (Fox).
Line: West Virginia by 4.
Series record: West Virginia leads 4-3.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
West Virginia needs this one to strengthen its case as it seeks a spot in the College Football Playoff. The Mountaineers don’t have any eye-opening wins, so any loss could eliminate them from contention. Oklahoma State remains in the race for a Big 12 title with a win.
Oklahoma State WR James Washington vs. West Virginia secondary. Washington, despite being held to one catch for nine yards last week against Kansas, is one of the nation’s best playmakers. He has 37 catches for 740 yards and six touchdowns. He had 296 yards receiving against Pittsburgh. West Virginia ranks 15th nationally in pass efficiency defense.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
West Virginia: QB Skyler Howard. The Mountaineers have the 10th-ranked offense in the nation, and Howard’s play is a key reason for it. The senior averages 303.5 yards passing per game and has rushed for 200 yards.
Oklahoma State: RB Justice Hill. The 171-pound freshman speedster has emerged as a consistent performer who has provided balance for QB Mason Rudolph. He has rushed for at least 128 yards in three of his past four games.
FACTS & FIGURES
Rudolph leads an Oklahoma State passing offense that ranks 11th nationally with 336.4 yards per game. … Jalen McCleskey leads Oklahoma State with 38 receptions. … West Virginia ranks 15th nationally in scoring defense, despite ranking just 57th in yards allowed. … West Virginia’s Rushel Shell has rushed for 465 yards while Justin Crawford has added 371. … West Virginia has allowed 21 or fewer points in five of its six games. … West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson and Oklahoma State’s Washington both average 20 yards per reception.