One of the first things West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgolsen said in a statement the other day was that he will not be naming a permanent started at the QB position, but says he is still depending on Paul Millard to handle it. With an upcoming game against a major powerhouse in Oklahoma this weekend, the ‘Eers are preparing by studying and observing. While Paul Millard completes around 80% of his passes and (so far) makes good field decisions it’s no wonder Holgorsen is making him the leader on the field. However, Oklahoma has made some major decisions by changing their defense. Oklahoma has speed and aggression. WVU has smart players and new guys wanting more than anything to prove themselves. They also have Houston transfer Charles Sims on the receiving end of the ball. Lastly, WVU has Dreamius Smith. Last week, Charles Sims ran for 120 yards at around 5.2 yards per carry.
Last week the numbers posted by Paul Millard made Holgorsen and WVU fans comfortable with 8 for 8 leading to 88 yards in a single touchdown drive against William and Mary. At the end of the game, Millard posted 19 for 26 and 237 yards. This weeks game against Oklahoma will be played at 7 pm at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and will be aired by Fox. The West Virginia Mountaineers are a major underdog and Oklahoma media doesn’t seem to be at all interested in WVU after what they call a “poor showing” from WVU in last weeks game agains William and Mary (even though we won). Still, Oklahoma admits to not knowing what to expect from WVU even though last week’s win was “vanilla and lackluster” according to head coach Bob Stoops.
“DANA HAS HIS PLAYS THAT HE STAYS WITH AND THEY DO IT WELL. THEY WERE PRETTY VANILLA IN THEIR FIRST GAME BUT I KNOW WE WON’T SEE A VANILLA SCHEME IN WHAT THEY’RE DOING AGAINST US. IT’LL BE DIFFERENT SO WE’LL PREPARE FOR A LOT OF WHAT WE SAW LAST YEAR.”-BOB STOOPS
Admittedly, the new era of the WVU Mountaineers isn’t as flashy and extravagant as last years team which included now New York Jets QB Geno Smith at the helm. However, I think the advantage WVU has over Oklahoma this week is that they are calm under pressure for when the Sooners start to be aggressive. This calmness might be “vanilla” but it also won last weeks game. It doesn’t matter how you win… just win. Even if it’s vanilla.