This Saturday, a grand opportunity awaits the Mountaineers. Not only will they have a chance to land Neal Brown’s second top 25 road win at WVU, but his first top 15 road win. While Oklahoma State appears to be vulnerable on the offensive side of the ball, many are pointing to the Mountaineer defense as the potential difference maker in the game. However, that is not the unit everyone should be watching when the Old Gold and Blue takes the field this weekend.
WVU’s offense wasn’t good in 2019 – actually, they were abysmal. Every Mountaineer fan was concerned with how much the offense could improve with a COVID-19 shortened offseason. After scoring 56 points and accumulating over 600 yards against Eastern Kentucky, it appeared whatever Head Coach Neal Brown had done in practice worked. While it was a sight to behold seeing the Mountaineer offense operate at a high level once again, this Saturday will truly tell the tale.
If West Virginia wants to compete this season, the offense has to remain consistent. A solid performance against the Cowboys will go a long way in the fan’s confidence in the team, as well as the team’s confidence in themselves. If we’re being truthful, any WVSSAC member could have dropped fifty on the Colonels’ defense. West Virginia found success, but it has to come against a legitimate opponent as well.
If West Virginia can once again put on a show, they will be in good shape moving forward. If not, it may be a “one step forward, two steps back” situation.
Keep your eye on the box score for the Mountaineers this Saturday at 3:30 as it will show just how far this offense has come.