Monday, December 24, 2007

Bowl-O-Rama: The Fiesta Bowl

If you're inviting West Virginia fans over please have a fire extinguisher on hand to protect your couch.

Teams: West Virginia & Oklahoma
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Miles Traveled By Each Team: West Virginia(2,135), Oklahoma(1,036)
Related Cereal: Pac-Man(Not exactly the best representative of the WVU program, but certainly one of the most visible).

Breakdown: West Virginia heads into this game with the #4 ranked rushing offense(292yds/gm, 45TD's), and the #113 ranked passing offense(157yds/gm, 14TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #19 in the nation. On defense, the Mountaineers’ defense is ranked #16 against the run(107yds/gm, 12TD's), and #12 against the pass(184yds/gm, 13TD's). Their total defense is ranked #4, and surrenders an average of 291yds/gm and has allowed 26 total touchdowns.

Their opponent, Oklahoma, comes into the game with the #30 ranked rush attack(191yds/gm, 33TD's), and the #37 ranked passing offense(259yds/gm, 37TD's). Their total offense is ranked #18. The Sooners’ defense is ranked #8 against the rush(91yds/gm, 13TD's), and #68 against the pass(232yds/gm, 15TD's). Their total defense is ranked #18, and allows an average of 324yds/gm and has given up 28 total touchdowns.

Signature Wins: West Virginia-Connecticut. Oklahoma-Missouri(twice).

Common Opponents: None.

Prediction: West Virginia runs into this game on the legs of Pat White and Steve Slaton. Both are playmakers that can score anytime they touch the ball. The Mountaineers also have a decent defense that doesn’t get too much credit. On the other side of the ball, Oklahoma is lead by Sam Bradford who runs a very balanced attack. The Sooners have a very tough run defense that should be able to slow down the Mountaineers’ potent rushing attack just enough so that Pat White is forced into more passing situations. In the end, the Sooners’ offensive balance, and run stopping ability will get them the win, 35-31.

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