No. 16 Oklahoma will face West Virginia on Saturday in Norman after rolling over Louisiana-Monroe in Week 1, 34-0.
In the lopsided victory, freshman quarterback Trevor Knight rushed for 103 yards while tossing three touchdown passes. The Sooners defense also bottled up Kolton Browning and the Warhawks.
West Virginia defeated FCS opponent William & Mary in Week 1, 24-17. Junior quarterback Paul Millard—taking over for Geno Smith—went 19-of-25 for 237 yards and one touchdown. Senior running back Charles Sims rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown.
Let's take a look at the Week 2 clash between Oklahoma and West Virginia.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Ok.
Betting Line (via Bovada): Oklahoma -21
West Virginia Injuries (via USA Today)
Kevin White, WR, Questionable (Foot)
Dozie Ezemma, LB, Out for Season (Leg)
Nana Kyeremeh, CB, Out for Season (Shoulder)
Shaq Petteway, LB, Out for Season (Knee)
Oklahoma Injuries (via USA Today)
Cortez Johnson, DB, Probable (Suspension)
Chuka Ndulue, DE, Probable (Suspension)
Jake Reed, OL, Out Indefinitely (Suspension)
Jordan Smallwood, WR, Out Indefinitely (Foot)
DJ Ward, DE, Out (Stomach)
Kendal Thompson, QB, Out Indefinitely (Foot)
Top Storyline: The Development of Trevor Knight
Trevor Knight is going to do his best to make everyone forget about Landry Jones.
The freshman—tabbed as the No. 11 pro-style quarterback of the 2012 class by 247Sports.com—showed his wheels against Louisiana-Monroe in Week 1.
Knight also showed strong decision-making in the shotgun option, which required a heavy investment in the offseason.
Head coach Bob Stoops noted, per Berry Tramel of NewsOK.com: "The run game and all the reads, pulling the ball down, was all really positive. That’s another thing, as a team, there wasn’t a fumble, guys took care of the ball.”
His stat line in the pocket was a mixture of bad and good. He went 11-of-28 for just 86 yards while tossing an interception, but he also tossed three touchdowns.
Knight appears to be advancing at an alarming rate when it comes to the shotgun option. His pocket passing will need some work, though. When he faces teams with strong run defenses, he will be forced to air it out.
Prediction: Oklahoma 30, West Virginia 13
Louisiana-Monroe was no slouch and the Oklahoma defense took Kolton Browning and the Warhawks to school.
Browning—after ranking 21st in the nation in total yards in 2012—went 20-of-39 for 128 yards with an interception while the Sooners posted two sacks and four tackles for loss.
Oklahoma's offense also looks explosive. Trevor Knight was so dynamic in Week 1 that senior running back Damien Williams—who rushed for 946 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012—was almost an afterthought.
West Virginia's defense won't be able to handle Oklahoma's offense, and West Virginia's offense is going to get an unpleasant surprise against Oklahoma's defense.