Remember when everyone was circling the West Virginia-Oklahoma game as the game of the season, the one that might decide the Big 12 Champion?
Clearly times, they have-a-changed.
The Mountaineers are now striving to become bowl eligible after losing the last four games, but the Sooners come in with a BCS berth still within reach.
Does this game still have the same shine to it?
Dana Holgorsen said on Monday’s Big 12 Coaches call that it’s still anticipated game around Morgantown.
“I think people are pretty excited about it, they’ve had it circled for a while, just because Oklahoma is such a storied program over the last hundred years,” he said.
As for the motivation level of his team?
Holgorsen: “I think we’re fine. Not happy, still motivated. Thought our effort last week was good. It better be. We’ve got a top 10 team coming to Morgantown. It’ll be on national TV and we’ve got to play good.”
Challenges? Oklahoma's defense will be a new challenge for the Mountaineers, something Holgorsen said he looks forward to.
Holgorsen: “It’s a different approach than what we’ve faced over the last six or seven games. We’ve seen a lot of zone coverage. A lot of drop seven, drop six. These guys are a man coverage team. They’ve got tremendous athletes. They got big thick guys up front who do a great job against the run. It’s going to be one-on-one matchups all over the place. We’ve got to do a good job of winning those.”
“I’m kind of excited about it actually. We haven’t faced really anything different for quite some time. This is a different style. Mike Stoops is a great defensive football coach…”