Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/15/12
Heading into the college football season the West Virginia-Oklahoma football game was supposed to decide the Big 12.  After a five and zero start to the season, West Virginia has now lost their last four games; in that span allowing just below 50 points per game.  The Sooners, on the other hand, still have dreams of receiving a berth to a BCS bowl.  Their only two losses come to the number one and number three ranked teams in the country, Kansas State and Notre Dame.  This game comes down to whether the Geno Smith led, number five ranked passing offense in the nation can prevail against Oklahoma's number seven ranked defense.  Here are my three bold predictions for the game.1. West Virginia will keep this game closer than expected.This might be Oklahom's toughest road test yet, considering none of the Sooners have ever played in Morgantown, known for it's fierce fans, making it difficult for Oklahoma to run it's complex offense.  However, that will not be the main reason the Mountaineers will keep it close, the number one reason is because of one man; Geno Smith.  Although his numbers might have dropped off lately, Smith is still extremely efficient, throwing 31 touchdowns, compared to only three interceptions.  He has now thrown for over 3,000 yards, and is ninth in total passing yards.  The problem for the Mountaineers is their defense, which is what will keep them from stunning the Sooners.  2. Landry Jones will throw for over 400 yards.West Virginia's pass defense has been more than "a little vulnerable" this season, as they are the 118th ranked pass defense in the country.  Five of nine of the Mountaineers opposing quarterbacks have thrown for over 300 yards.  This week their opposing quarterback is red-hot Landry Jones, who has thrown for over 300 yards in four out of his last five games.  This could be a potential record-setting day for Jones.3.Oklahoma will secure spot in BCS bowl.If the Sooners can get past West Virginia, in Morgantown, I think they will cruise through the rest of their schedule.  They will still have Oklahoma State and TCU left on the slate.  Both are good teams, neither play at the same level as the Sooners, though.  Assuming that Kansas State and Notre Dame win out, the Sooners resume easily qualifies for a BCS at-large spot.  Kansas State and Notre Dame could potentially face off in the BCS National Title. 
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