Game day greetings, Sooner Nation! Week 8 is already upon us, and you’ll never guess what West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall said about the Oklahoma Sooners defense earlier this week. He called it “basic”, y’all. I know, when will he ever learn, right?
I’m kidding, of course. The former Sooner Kendall makes his first return to face his old team since transferring to Morgantown in the offseason, and I hope he receives applause when he enters the game. Although the transfer process was a bit of a mess for a few hours, eventually OU head coach Lincoln Riley allowed his backup QB to transfer to the school of his choice despite his reservations of being in-conference.
Now, Kendall will have to stare down something he likely did not see much of through his practice time in Norman — a stout defense — poised, disciplined and ready to make his afternoon a long one. Welcome back to Norman, Austin. And good luck.
Head on down to the comments section for the game thread, where we’ll be asking questions, making predictions and discussing the day’s action with y’all.
TV: FOX 11:00 A.M. CT
Live Stream: FOXSportsGo
TV Commentary: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft
Be sure to also check out the latest episodes of Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast (OU defense stifles Texas, WVU preview with Bart Keeler of The Smoking Musket and more) and Blatant Homerism (Trying Not To Suck and Allen’s Picks for Week 8). (You know the drill. Earmuffs for the kids — possible NSFW stuff here.)
First-year head coach Neal Brown brings his 3-3 Mountaineers into Norman to take on a Sooners squad still likely on a high from last week’s huge Red River Beatdown. As Kam alluded to in his game preview, it’s crucial OU doesn’t have a letdown following the big win.
For the first time in a long time, I actually feel confident in saying there will be no letdown. These damn morning kickoffs actually seem to work great this season for the most important folks associated with Oklahoma football — the actual football team. Get up, get right and go to work. This is what I fully expect out of Oklahoma on both sides of the ball.
There was some trepidation with OU’s soft schedule leading up to the clash with Texas. Luckily, the team proved it didn’t matter that much in the end with a prepared and motivated performance in the biggest game of the season up to this point. A matchup against a sub-par WVU team may be just the thing to keep the train rolling before the trip to Manhattan next week.
Oklahoma faces little resistance today and hands Neal Brown, Austin Kendall and the West Virginia Mountaineers their fourth defeat of the season. Jalen Hurts gets his numbers, and fans will be treated to at least one backup QB in the fourth quarter. The Sooners head into Week 9 an unbeaten 7-0 to face Kansas State.
Score: OU 52, WVU 23
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