Thursday, December 8, 2016

Meet WVU’s opponent: Showdown with Oklahoma State in Stillwater

If you’re reading this, you already know that the West Virginia Mountaineers are ranked #10th in the AP Poll as of Sunday, October 23. The Mountaineers tromped over TCU in Morgantown, winning 34-10 to keep the victory streak alive. Now, however, the team heads off to their second conference road game; traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The Cowboys are also coming off of a conference win, having beaten the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday in a 44-20 victory. The Cowboys have a 5-2 record this season and most likely have a very large bulls eye in their locker room over a photo of Coach Holgorsen and the flying WV. After Saturday’s performance, West Virginia has furthered its position as the team to beat in the Big 12.

Mountaineers fans everywhere are probably loving this and hating it. The team is winning, which is amazing, but at the same time there’s a lot of talk starting to happen across the board about the team and that makes the Mountaineers more of a target. Especially for a team where the Mountaineers head coach used to coach at one point.

Saturday’s match-up could undoubtedly set the tone for the remaining games of the season.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are a familiar team for Coach Holgorsen, as well as the rest of Mountaineer nation. For Holgorsen especially, the match-up is a sort of return game as he was coaching for the Cowboys prior to being hired at West Virginia. Needless to say, the Cowboys will be coming for the Mountaineers Saturday.

This season, Oklahoma State has sucombed to losses against Central Michigan and Baylor. The Cowboys have just one loss in the conference, which this year really means anything is possible. With so many teams in the Big 12 having multiple losses, with the exceptions of Baylor and West Virginia,Saturday’s game will bring a great amount of pressure for the home team; Coach Mike Gundy is one win away from his 100th win, combined with it being their Homecoming game, and both Coaches Holgorsen and Joe Wickline were once coaches underneath Gundy.

West Virginia is coming in as a top ten team and the Cowboys will be hungry to stop the Mountaineer offense. Oklahoma State’s freshman running back Justice Hill will most likely be a huge test for Coach Gibson’s defense. If the defense can put a stop to the Cowboys, while not losing momentum, and the offense can excel at scoring in the red zone; this game could be another notch on the Mountaineer’s victory belt.

Oklahoma State will look to build momentum for a team that still has to face Texas Tech, Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas State before the season’s end. The Cowboys will also be looking to become bowl eligible Saturday.

For the Mountaineers, they will be looking to once again show they are legitimate, as well as maintain that top ten status prior to the College Football Playoff Committee releases their first rankings on Tuesday, November 1.

Buckle up Mountaineer fans, playing in Stillwater is a tough feat, even tougher though is coming out the victor. The time is now to prove to the world that the Mountaineers just really are the team to come after in the Big 12.

 

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