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1. Control the Clock
William & Mary will try to play a very complex game of keep-away with West Virginia. The longer the Tribe offense can stay on the field, the greater chance they will have to win.
Third-down conversions will be key on both sides of the ball, but will be especially crucial on offense for W&M. The Tribe will hope for a low-scoring affair, similar to when they almost upset Maryland in a 7-6 contest last year.
2. Win Turnover Battle
While limiting mistakes on and building long drives on offense, the W&M defense must try to force multiple turnovers.
Saturday's contest will be the first time many members of the WVU offense have played a meaningful game together, so mistakes are bound to happen. When those opportunities arise, the Tribe must swiftly take advantage.
3. Lead Early
William & Mary simply cannot start slow Saturday. If West Virginia gains a large lead early, W&M might as well load the bus and head back to Williamsburg.
On the other hand, if the Tribe can keep WVU off the scoreboard and build a lead early, no matter how small, their chances of victory will grow exponentially.
An early lead will keep the crowd out of the game and cause a spike in anxiety on the West Virginia sideline—a best-case scenario for W&M.
The worst case scenario: a raucous crowd and a relaxed opponent.