Big 12 Matchups, Looking Behind, Looking Ahead: Oklahoma
Looking through the Big 12 schedule for West Virginia
The regular season comes to a close on Saturday of Thanksgiving where the Mountaineers travel to Norman, Oklahoma to take on the familiar foes of the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners have been the long-standing favorites in the Big 12, and ending the season with a matchup in Norman will be quite the feat, for anyone, not just the Mountaineers.
Currently, the Sooners sit atop the conference in preseason rankings and will look to be the conference’s “One True Champion” for the year. As many know, this season marks the start of the Big 12 championship game, which is arguably the first goal for every team in the conference. Oklahoma will look to defeat West Virginia and hopefully head to the Big 12 championship game the following weekend in Dallas.
The Sooners have won the last five games against the Mountaineers, and the Mountaineers will be looking to end their season with a win and their first victory over the Sooners since joining the Big 12. The Sooners will be looking to end their first season without former head coach Bob Stoops with a win.
Oklahoma’s offense is lead by one of last season’s Heisman hopefuls, and current hopeful for this season, Baker Mayfield. Mayfield will be wanting to expand on his successes of last season and hopefully go for both a Heisman trophy and a playoff game run.
Oklahoma opens the season with a tough non-conference opponent; Ohio State. The Sooners will need to win this game in order to start the path toward the almighty college football playoff. Should they lose a non-conference game and then take a tumble during conference play, the Sooners will probably be left out of any playoff discussions.
Overall, the Mountaineers will face many tough opponents throughout the season, starting Sunday of Labor Day weekend with Virginia Tech. Throughout the next 3 months, the team will travel cross-country and will look to possibly head to Dallas in December, if by chance the stars align this fall.
What would be better than rounding out the season with a trip to Jerry World for the first conference championship? I can think of worse ways to start December. For now, the Mountaineers are officially in game week, and will take it one game and one opponent at time.
Tell us, what’s your season predictions? Could it all work out for the Mountaineers or will there be some major (or minor) bumps in the road? Whatever your thought, we can all agree; football is back and we’re excited.