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1. Prevent Big Plays
If it wasn't for a few big plays in Week 1, head coach Dana Holgorsen wouldn't have lost so many hairs in West Virginia's close victory over William & Mary.
The Mountaineers will be faced with an even tougher task against Oklahoma and are bound to yield more total yardage.
With a standard day of production by OU, WVU can have a shot at victory. However, if the Mounties allow the Sooners to break loose for massive gains, it will be a long day in Norman.
2. Offensive Balance
West Virginia was far too one-sided offensively against W&M.
That worked out in the end against the Tribe, but relying too heavily on Charles Sims and the running game won't be fruitful against a staunch OU defense.
Quarterback Paul Millard will need to play a clean game, but he will also need more big plays out of his receivers. Whether it is Ron Carswell, Daikiel Shorts or another pass-catcher, WVU needs more production out of its receiving corps.
3. Keep It Close
Right from the opening gun, West Virginia will need to bring intensity and passion.
While that might sound abstract, the end result is what really matters: The Mountaineers must score early and prevent from playing catch-up.
At this point, WVU doesn't look capable of playing from behind and certainly can't expect to hang with OU score-for-score like it did in 2012.
The less pressure placed on Millard the better.