Week one had a lot of question marks for the Oklahoma Sooners. Who would start at quarterback — although Trevor Knight was announced — for the Sooners? Who would emerge in the run game and would Oklahoma’s defense be okay with just four returning starters? The quarterback question still remains as Knight rushed for more yards than he passed for, but week one was a success as the Sooners shut out UL Monroe.
On the other side of the field, the West Virginia Mountaineers played a poor game in week one and saw the offense less dominant than it has ever been. Losing quarterback Geno Smith and wide outs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will hurt the offense in 2013 and it looks like the Mountaineers are facing a rebuilding season following a tough 24-17 victory over William & Mary.
Oklahoma’s offense was less than stellar in week one against UL Monroe, but Knight showed that he can be somewhat of a dual-threat — with no passing accuracy. He completed just 11 of 28 passes for 86 yards and three touchdowns in week one. Knight also rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries.
West Virginia’s offense is not what it used to be. Racking up 409 yards and just 24 points against an FCS school is not very impressive, but quarterback Paul Millard impressed, completing 19 or 25 passes for 237 yards and a score. Charles Sims was also impressive, rushing for 120 yards and a score on 23 carries.
The defenses are on two opposite ends of the spectrum — or at least they were in week one. Oklahoma held UL Monroe to just 166 total yards and just 38 on the ground. On the other hand, West Virginia allowed 309 yards to William & Mary as well as allowing them to finish the game with more time of possession than the Mountaineer offense.
West Viginia travels to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners in a week two battle at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be aired on FOX.
PREDICTION: West Virginia 17, Oklahoma 35
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