In Dana Holgorsen’s fourth year with the Mountaineers, maybe WVU can turn the corner. In 2012, it looked like no one could stop the Mountaineers, until the team nosedived in to a Pinstripe Bowl bid.
2013 wasn’t much nicer. West Virginia went 4-8, and no bowl game has to have these guys hungry for some success, but a neutral site season opener with the Alabama Crimson Tide and a trip to Maryland may have WVU beaten up by the time they face Oklahoma on September 20.
With the Sooners hopefully undefeated at this point, here’s what to expect from OU’s first trip back to Morgantown since its insane shootout with the Mountaineers in 2012.
Best Case Scenario: Oklahoma once again finds a way to stop the Mountaineers, and wins a relatively close one on the road. Oklahoma has had two close calls in the first two meetings between the schools since WVU joined the conference, and this might be another nail-biter. Forget about Tulsa, this will be Oklahoma’s first true road test. Holgorsen knows how to score, and the Sooner defense may have a nice challenge with Clint Trickett and Paul Millard back at quarterback for WVU, who both saw playing time last season. OU will need to limit the Holgorsen offensive attack, and the rest of it should take care of itself.
Worst Case Scenario: The Mountaineers finally get the monkey off their back, and get their first win over OU in WVU’s Big 12 era. The defense has a lot of experience, especially in the secondary. The Mountaineers upset Oklahoma State last year early in the season, and while this Sooners team appears to be more talented, it could be a tricky early season road test that OU has been known to drop before. The Mountaineers have some uncertainty on offense, and Oklahoma’s defense may have to keep them in this game. Overall, though, an unproductive OU offense could prove to be a nightmare for Stoops’ squad.
Worst Worst Case Scenario: West Virginia pulls out those hideous all-yellow uniforms (as seen above) and win by default.
Prediction: Oklahoma 31, West Virginia 17. I think this one stays relatively close, but Trevor Knight and the Sooners wear down West Virginia as they always do and come away with a two touchdown victory. And a couch gets lit on fire.