Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/8/12
How long has it been since West Virginia played Oklahoma State? Let me put it this way, the star running back for the Cowboys was Thurman Thomas, now in the NFL Hall of Fame.Their last meeting was twenty-five years ago, in the 1987 Sun Bowl, and it was a doozy. That Bowl game was Thomas' last as a college football player, and he was the reason Oklahoma State won the game 35-33. Thomas amassed 157 yards on the ground, plus four touchdowns. He would have gained more yards, but a pesky backup, some guy named Barry Sanders, took some carries too.Oklahoma State's quarterback had a decent game as well, completing 12 of 18 passes for 161 yards and a score. His name? Mike Gundy.Gundy is now the coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. This Saturday's game is giving him a distant sense of deja vu, except he's coaching, not playing. Gunday's deja vu extends to his starting running back, Joseph Randle, as well. People have been buzzing lately about how similar he is to Thurman Thomas.West Virginia, meanwhile, is riding a three game losing streak. In two of those losses, they managed only 14 points each game. Last week against TCU, the scoring improved but the Mountaineers still lost 39-38 in double overtime.What can be said of a match-up twenty-five years in the making? Here are three things I am predicting for Saturday's game:PREDICTION 1: Points will be hard to come by for the Cowboys.   While it is true that Oklahoma State opened up the season with an 84-0 beating of epic proportions, that game was against Savannah State, and Week 1 in the NCAA season typically consists of glorified scrimmages.The Cowboys have put up bunches of points against inferior competition this year, but West Virginia is far from inferior. The Mountaineers head coach, Dana Holgorsen, coached the Cowboys offense in 2010, and most of what he installed is still there today.PREDICTION 2: West Virginia will have trouble scoring too.  The main reason the Mountaineers have lost three straight is that opposing defenses have Geno Smith "figured out". Smith is a deep ball quarterback who has his share of struggles with short, dink and dunk passes and long, clock-chewing drives. The lack of a potent rushing attack has not helped matters.Defenses have been habitually dropping seven into coverage, rushing only four, because they do not fear West Virginia's ground game. Any team that shows itself as one-dimensional, is doomed once opponents learn what that dimension is.PREDICTION 3: WVU's Geno Smith will feed his coach a mouthful of crow.  Perhaps it was strategic on coach Holgorsen's part, calling out his quarterback as "average" last week. Perhaps he knows that Smith's competitive fire was stoked by that word, and now intends to prove the coach wrong.Perhaps it wasn't. Either way, Holgorsen wins this one. If Smith plays poorly, he gets to say "I told you so". If Smith has the game of his life, Holgorsen gets to play the "I was just saying that to rile him up" card.However, Oklahoma State wins this game, if only because they're playing at home, and do not want to lose two home games in one season. 
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Yankees close to trading Aroldis Chapman

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’


Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker