Holgorsen’s Tuesday Press Conference: WVU Faces Huge Challenge At Oklahoma State
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The 5-5 version of the Oklahoma State football team this year may be much different record-wise than the 2017 edition that finished 10-3 and ranked No. 14 in the country, but West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen says he doesn’t see a whole lot of difference in the two.
WVU (8-1 and ranked No. 7 in the A.P. poll) travels to Stillwater this week to face OSU Saturday afternoon at 3:30 in a game that will be televised on ABC.
The Cowboys must win one of their final two games to become bowl eligible – they finish the regular season at TCU on Nov. 24. Meanwhile the Mountaineers have a lot left on the line. If WVU wins its final two regular season games, it will not only earn a spot in the Big 12 Championship game on Dec. 1, but it will also capture its first-ever Big 12 regular season crown. In addition, West Virginia still has hopes of earning a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, but that part of the equation is a discussion for another day.
For now, WVU is focused on the Big 12 and the next hurdle along the way, which is Oklahoma State.
Though the Pokes may have stumbled a few more times this season than they did last, they are still a very dangerous team, according to Holgorsen, who served as OSU’s offensive coordinator in 2010.
“Oklahoma State should be another fun one,” said Holgorsen. “It’s as good a college environment and facility as exists in college football.
“We’ve won there before, and I’m really looking forward to the trip.”
Though their record may be just 5-5 overall and 2-5 in Big 12 action, OSU still has a dynamic offense, which is 13th in the FBS ranks in scoring, averaging 39.2 points a game, and 11th in total yards, averaging 511.6 yards per game.
“Coach (Mike) Gundy is doing another good job. The ball isn’t bouncing their way, like it has at times in recent years, but this is a team that is used to winning 10 games a year. They put $500 million into their facilities; they recruit at a high level. They have really, really, really good football players. This will be as hard of a task as we’ve had all year. We’re prepared for this, and we’ll be ready to go.”