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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma Game Preview

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It has been a very rough month for the West Virginia University Football Team (5-4, 2-4), who are currently on a four-game losing streak after starting the season 5-0.  The No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners (7-2, 5-1), who have won two in a row, are playing in Morgantown for the first time on Saturday.

 

Not much has gone right for WVU in the last four games, ranging from blowout losses to overtime heartbreakers.  One week, it seems like one aspect improves, but another hits the skids.  Against TCU, the WVU defense played one of their best games of the season, but the offense could not get going.  Last week against Oklahoma State, the special teams completely fell apart.

 

For Oklahoma, they hope to keep pace with Kansas State for the Big 12 Championship.  Since losing KSU, they are averaging 41 points per game offensively and are allowing 22 points per game defensively.  Their lone slip-up was against No. 3 Notre Dame.

 

Geno Smith and the WVU wide receivers have a tall task ahead of them this weekend.  The Sooners pass defense has been one of the best in the country, which is incredible considering the nature of the pass happy Big 12.  They are allowing 170.2 yards through the air, 8th in the nation.

 

The OU defense has been susceptible against the run, allowing 155 yards on the ground per game, 63rd in the country.

 

"It prevents a little different challenge based on what they do coverage wise," Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson said of the OU defense.  "They're not complicated defensively.  It's cat coverage; you got that cat and you got that cat.  They're good and their athletic so when people play man, it comes down to matchups."

 

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Landry Jones may be the best quarterback the Mountaineers have faced all season, which is a scary thought with how opposing quarterbacks have picked them apart.  Jones has thrown for 2,691 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2012.  The West Virginia defense is still dead last in FBS in passing yards allowed per game, yielding 343.6 through the air.

 

"He's a good quarterback and can make all of the throws," Senior Safety Terence Garvin said.  "He's smart and is really good at reading defenses.  He's kind of like Geno so we see somebody like that all of the time.  We're looking to just confusing him and getting after him the best we can."

 

The Sooners throw another element into the game at quarterback in short yardage situations.  Blake Bell, also known as the "Bell"-dozer, has punched in 10 touchdowns this year.

 

Another thing that should make WVU fans nervous is that OU may have the best wide receiving corps West Virginia has seen this year too.  Kenny Stills and Justin Brown have combined for 95 receptions, 1,219 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Sterling Shepard, Jalen Saunders and Trey Millard have also made an impact.

 

Damien Williams as carried the load in the rushing department, rushing for 687 yards and nine scores.  Brennan Clay and Dominique Whaley will also look to get carries.

 

This will be the 5th time these schools have faced one another, with the last time coming in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.  The series is currently tied at 2-2 with the Mountaineers winning the last two.

 

The weather for Morgantown on Saturday is supposed to be beautiful yet again for this time of year.  It is currently calling for a high of 55 and no chance of rain.

 

The game will be at 7:00 ET and will be aired on FOX.

 

 

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