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Last year's meeting between West Virginia and Oklahoma ended up as one of the best games of the entire Big 12 Conference regular season.
This time, the two will meet in just the second week of the season and both will be working to replace some of the best players from their 2012 squads.
OU will be without quarterback Landry Jones, who amassed more than 16,000 yards through the air during his career in Norman to go with 123 touchdowns. Both Jones and WVU's Geno Smith finished their careers as the all-time leaders in passing at their respective schools.
On the outside, the Sooners must replace their top two receivers, Kenny Stills and Justin Brown.
Blake Bell served primarily as a running quarterback for OU, only throwing on occasion. So it remains to be seen just how effective he will be in replacing Jones in the passing game.
Fortunately, he'll have his two leading rushers back in Damien Williams and Brennan Clay. He'll also have a few weapons to throw to out wide in Jalen Saunders, Sterling Shepard and Trey Metoyer—all of whom are poised to have a breakout 2013 season.
OU will also be replacing a lot on defense. Without Tony Jefferson, Demontre Hurst and Javon Harris, Aaron Colvin must step up to lead a successful secondary.
Despite the many losses, the Sooners should have plenty of talent waiting to take on larger roles including Colvin and linebacker Corey Nelson.
Through all of the changes both sides will go through this offseason, it's tough to predict the complexion of this game. The Mountaineers will need to slow the Oklahoma run game first and foremost.
However, with limited film to study and time for this young WVU group to form before heading to Norman in Week 2, Oklahoma should be able to take care of business.
Prediction: OU 38, WVU 28