With College Football Playoff implications on the line, most West Virginia fans are focused on one thing – the Oklahoma Sooners traveling to Morgantown on Black Friday. There’s one game in the way, though, and fans – and the team – shouldn’t go into it thinking it will be easy.
The Mountaineers travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma this week to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys are 4-2 against the Mountaineers, currently riding a 3-game win streak in the series. Even with a 5-5 record, head coach Dana Holgorsen says that Oklahoma State will present the Mountaineers’ biggest test of the season. The Pokes’ offense ranks 13th in the FBS in scoring, averaging 39.2 points per game, and 11th in total yards, averaging 511.6 yards per game.
“They have really, really good football players, we’ll have as hard of a task as we’ve had all year,” Holgorsen said in a Tuesday press conference, “We’re prepared for this, and we’ll go in there with the mindset that if you’re not, you’re going to get beat each and every week. These guys have gotten after us the last three years, and we’ll be motivated as coaches and players to go play this game.”
When it comes to Big 12 Title conversation, this game is far more important than next week versus Oklahoma. If the Mountaineers beat the Cowboys, and the Texas Longhorns win out, Texas is tied for second with the loser of the West Virginia/Oklahoma game. West Virginia wins that tiebreaker with a 42-41 win in Austin, making a win against Oklahoma almost irrelevant in terms of the Big 12 Championship.
So, Mountaineer fans, stop skipping over this week’s game. This weekend’s matchups will potentially decide the Mountaineers’ fate in the Big 12 this season. Let’s relax, take it one game at a time, and prepare ourselves for a rowdy environment in Stillwater.
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