The ESPN FPI is providing some bulletin board material for Neal Brown’s WVU football team this week.
Even though Oklahoma has lost back-to-back conference games, ESPN’s calculations suggest there’s no chance the Mountaineers can go into Norman and beat the Sooners. The ESPN FPI is only offering West Virginia an 11.1% win probability this week.
And while some may view that as insulting and the coaches and players have admitted to using being doubted as motivation all season, this projection lines up with what oddsmakers think about the matchup. Oklahoma is currently listed as a 12.5-point favorite by most major sportsbooks.
A lot is on the line when the Mountaineers and Sooners meet under the prime-time lights this Saturday night. The winner of the game will remain very much in the thick of the race to the Big 12 title game, but the loser will be basically out of contention.
WVU Football enters the game at 6-3 (4-2) with a bowl game already secured, but the team has made it clear they are not satisfied with just being bowl eligible.
Oklahoma sits at 7-2 (4-2) and has dropped out of the College Football Playoff discussion after back-to-back losses.
One thing that is going for the Mountaineers is they have proved what the ESPN FPI predicts to be wrong countless times already this season.
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WV Sports Now Daily Notebook – December 11
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