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Meet the Opponent: Oklahoma Sooners

It’s Oklahoma week. Again. That’s right, it’s the second week we’ve prepared for the Mountaineers to play host to the Sooners. The original matchup between the two teams was slated for November 28 but was postponed due to COVID-19 issues on the Sooners roster.

What was once a night game is now yet another noon for the Mountaineers. A game that two weeks ago had the potential for conference championship implications is now just another noon game where the Sooners already know they are going to Dallas for the conference championship.

It goes without saying that the Oklahoma Sooners are the team to beat, especially in the eyes of the Mountaineers.

The Sooners are 7-2 going into Morgantown, second in the Big 12 and the one team the Mountaineers have not beat since joining the Big 12. Everyone knows all about the last time the Mountaineers beat the Sooners, the 2007 Fiesta Bowl (pause here and watch the YouTube video, you know you want to).

The Mountaineers came close to beating the Sooners in 2018, during Will Grier’s senior night. The 2019 game in Norman was nowhere near close. Now, the Mountaineers are coming home off a brutal road loss and looking to defend their unbeaten at home record for the 2020 season.

A win or a loss will not affect the Sooners’s ability to compete in the conference championship, with their likely goal on Saturday is to win and go home injury-free. The Mountaineers will be looking to avenge every loss since 2012, celebrate their seniors and look to remain unbeaten at home. One more chance at singing Country Roads in Milan Puskar will signify a statement win for Coach Neal Brown to close out the 2020 regular season.

An uphill battle for the Mountaineers, playing the Oklahoma Sooners are never an easy task but one that always brings some excitement; both good and bad. The 2020 regular season finale takes place Saturday at noon, televised on ABC.

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