After a wild Red River, the Sooners return home to Norman with gilded heads and an undefeated record. Now that the Hat is back and OU is midway into another conference title run, the next challenge comes in a familiar foe, with a familiar face, but a very non-familiar style of play.
Meet the Mountaineers
These aren’t your typical Mountaineers. West Virginia is under renovation after the departure of longtime head coach Dana Holgorson. While O’l Dana was an offensive mastermind, Neal Brown brings more of a grounded, defensive approach.
The transition has been…difficult. On both offense and defense, the scheme and personnel just aren’t there yet.
However, doubt Brown at your own risk: just ask LSU how that worked out when he was at Troy.
Who to Watch For:
Austin Kendall, QB #12
It’s pretty fitting this game would be homecoming. Despite early health concerns, Austin “Basic Defense” Kendall will start in his return to Owen Field.
While Kendall was hyped up as a Lincoln Riley disciple, he hasn’t lived up to the hype in Morgantown. With only a 66% completion percentage and seven picks against just nine touchdowns, Kendall might not be the quarterback we thought he was.
However, in a revenge game you can toss out all the records. Kendall is going to come out pissed. Not only did AK’s spot get taken by Jalen Hurts, but Riley initially blocked Kendall’s transfer request.
Austin Kendall has plenty of motivation. We’ll see if he has the talent to keep it interesting.
Why You Should Be Excited
Revenge games are few and far between in college. Getting to watch Kendall try to exact some revenge should be really fun to watch honestly.
Series History (Oklahoma Leads 9-2)
While this series doesn’t have the biggest history, it certainly makes me pretty happy. West Virginia is the only team in the Big 12 to not have at least one conference win against the others: OU is that one. While I should worry about a jinx, I’ve said the every stat every year and nothing bad has happened yet.