No. 22 West Virginia (5-2, 3-1) will play host to a ranked team for the second consecutive home game when No. 11/12 Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1) travels to Morgantown for a key conference showdown.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen said that he knows a lot about the Cowboys football program and believes that this unit is as good as they've been in recent years. Citing the skill players as well as the offensive balance, the Mountaineers will face a difficult challenge going against an impressive Oklahoma State offense.
"This one is as good as any of them," Holgorsen said.
Given the ranking of the Cowboys, Holgorsen said that he isn't going to have to use many motivational tactics to prepare his team for this week.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has been in the Cowboys program for four seasons and provides a tall presence in the pocket that can get the football out to his various playmakers at the skill spots. The Cowboys boast one of the nation's top passing games in the nation as well as the top overall units on that side of the ball.
The Mountaineers are coming off a game where the team led 38-13 heading into the fourth quarter against Baylor, before allowing 23 unanswered to hang for the win. Baylor backup quarterback Charlie Brewer was inserted into the game and engineered the comeback showing accuracy and a better than expected run game.
"We had such a good third quarter we kind of got complacent and forgot how to finish," Holgorsen said.
However, ultimately at the end of the day all that matters is coming out with a win.
West Virginia will host Oklahoma State at noon with the game televised by ABC.