It’s GAMEDAY in Morgantown
West Virginia vs. No. 13 Oklahoma
7 p.m. on Fox
What’s on the line? The last time these two teams met was the 2008 Fiesta Bowl when West Virginia beat the Sooners 48-28 under late Coach Bill Stewart. It’s safe to say there are many players on the team who remember watching that game and will draw inspiration. These Mountaineers are still looking to become bowl eligible with another win, and certainly looking to snap a four-game losing streak that has derailed the high expectations that once had the team ranked No. 5 in the country.
What are the big questions? The offense is creeping back toward its old form. Is this the game everything comes together again? The Sooners will play a man defense that will pose tough challenges for the entire offense, and most notably for Geno Smith who will need to find his accuracy to move the chains against the country’s No. 8 pass defense. Can the defense find a way to slow Landry Jones and not be so vulnerable against the pass?
Best case scenario? The Mountaineers snap this four-game skid with what would be the win of the season for them. How exactly will they do that as 11-point underdogs? Obviously a tough task but not out of the question if each side of the ball does their job – something that hasn’t happened during this skid.