Bits & Bytes: OSU Edition

Get ready for the early WVU - OSU kickoff with our last bits of information and discussion.

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Sat 9/28 12:00 PM ET

Morgantown, WV

Milan Puskar Stadium
Record: 2-2

Last Game
Maryland 0-37 L
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Record: 3-0

Last Game
Lamar 59-3 W
Rosters/ Bios
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2013 Schedule

Series: Tied 2-2

First Meeting: 1928
Last Meeting: 2012
Rosters/Bios
Press Release
Season Stats
2013 Schedule


TRIVIA

West Virginia's 27 current uniform combinations have sparked great debate across the fan base. How many combinations can Oklahoma State outfit its players in?


ACROSS THE BOARD

Ten different Cowboys have at least one touchdown this year, and 14 different offensive players have caught at least one ball during the first three games. The distribution has come about in part due to two OSU blowouts, but there's no doubt that the character of the Pokes offense leads to spreading the ball around. Josh Stewart, the team's leading receiver, has just 12 catches so far, but eight receivers have five or more receptions.

That provides a much tougher challenge for West Virginia's pass defense. While Stewart torched the WVU defense for 172 yards and two scores a year ago, the Mountaineers can't afford to focus on him alone.


NO HANGOVER

Despite the best efforts of the media hype machine, the fallout over the Sports Illustrated "expose'" of the Cowboy football program amounted to no more than a few dust particles. While there might be a perfunctory NCAA investigation to deal with, it's pretty much been a non-issue, judging from the lack of follow-up commentary from Stillwater and its environs. As a result, don't look for any of this to have one iota of effect on Saturday's game.


DIMENSIONS

West Virginia's primary defensive goal is to make its opponents one dimensional. Oklahoma State is the very definition of balance. Which team will achieve its goal?

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So far this year, OSU has run the ball 110 times and thrown it 112. It has scored ten times on the ground and eight through the air, and has converted an equal number of third downs (ten) by running and throwing.

The Mountaineers have actually been more successful against the pass than the run this season. While game circumstances have somewhat played into that result, there is no doubt that WVU's defense has been better, and has been able to at least slow one aspect of each opponent's attack. Obviously, OSU will be the best foe of the season to date in that regard, so this game will serve as yet another measuring stick in the progress of Keith Patterson's troops. The suspicion here is that West Virginia may be able to slow the Cowboy running attack, but whether or not that is enough to pull an upset is another issue entirely.


HOMEGROWN

Only 22 of the 134 players listed on Oklahoma State's roster hail from states other than Oklahoma or Texas. While that's still a pretty big area to cover, it is also one that provides far fewer travel challenges in getting out to visit talent and bringing it back to campus.


THE HUNDREDS

WVU is 108th nationally in scoring, which isn't a surprise given it's meager 18 points per game output. The Mountaineers are also in the hundreds rankings in three other statistical categories: turnover margin (110), third down conversions (109) and time of possession (101).

OSU falls into the three-digit rankings in kickoff returns (101), punt return defense (119) and time of possession (121).

The possession figure is pretty much meaningless, as it's not how long you have it but what you do with it that counts for these offenses. WVU might be able to take advantage of the Cowboys' shortcomings in punt coverage, so long as it holds on to the ball.


TRIVIA ANSWER

Eighty. OSU has five different helmet colors to go along with four different jersey and pants colors.

So far this year, the Cowboys have gone with a helmet-pants matching color scheme, with a contrasting jersey color.


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