It’s GAMEDAY in Stillwater, Okla.
It’s expected to be partly cloudy and 74 degrees at game time today, but very, very windy. Winds are forecasted from the south at 28 mph and that doesn’t change for the duration of the game.
What’s on the line today?
Certainly the stakes are lessened considering this team has lost three straight games. But that being said, a fourth straight obviously doesn’t bode well with Oklahoma up next week at home. I’d say some pride is probably also on the line. A lot of West Virginia’s staff has roots in Stillwater – Dana Holgorsen installed his offense here before departing for Morgantown, DC Joe DeForest spent 11 years here. QB coach Jake Spavital, running backs coach Robert Gillespie both also had stops here along the way.
What are the big questions?
Really very similar questions to last week. Can the offense start moving the chains? Geno Smith and Co. have been in a funk, but showed improvement last week against TCU. Can they take another step today? Will Stedman Bailey be able to contribute more? Will Shawne Alston, even in a limited capacity, make the Cowboys respect the run game? And of course…can West Virginia’s defense contend with whoever starts at QB for Oklahoma State? Can the younger players thrust into big roles learn from past mistakes?
Best case scenario?
Your Mountaineers somehow, some way, find a way to pull off an upset on the road against a team that will look awfully familiar to them. Suddenly the season would come alive again. This is a very tall task and would need the defense to cover its deficiencies with a key turnover or two and the offense to, well, let’s just say it: get it together.