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Going into the matchup with the Army Black Knights, everyone will be talking about how to stop the triple option. This is a unique offense that the Mountaineer defense has not seen for several years, and it often causes major headaches for opposing coaches. While how the defense handles the triple option will be an important key to the game, it will not be the most significant. Though we will be stressing it out when the WVU defense is on the field, we should be even more stressed when the offense is out there.

 

When you go up against a team like Army, you can pretty much guarantee that your number of possessions will take a significant hit in the game. Army will take time off of the clock, therefore taking away chances for you to score. This should be a real area of concern for West Virginia.

 

The Mountaineers have displayed an inability to score consistently on offense, and regularly waste possessions, even when they start out promising. This absolutely cannot happen when you take on the Black Knights. West Virginia has to go into the game with a plan and execute it. And in all honesty, they may even need to execute it to perfection.

 

Though the wild, wild Big 12 may grant you the opportunity at countless possessions due to high-flying offenses, this just will not happen against Army. They are going to run the ball, kill the clock, and try to keep Jarret Doege and company off of the field. It is almost a guarantee that this will happen. Whatever issues Doege and the offense had throughout the season, it is dire that they iron them out before taking on Army. If they don’t they could find themselves down and down early.

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