WVU Assistants Analyze Keys For Saturday

Despite a slow start and difficult outings against Duke and Texas, Kansas is no slouch defensively, and - after last season's win in Lawrence - will not be afraid of matching up against West Virginia's offense.

Shannon Dawson never shies away from the camera, and is always reliable for an honest quote. So, when Dawson says that Kansas and Oklahoma play very similar schematically, it's an honest assessment. According to Dawson, the keys for success on Saturday will be if the team can win the one on one battles, which was the same goal WVU had against the Sooners. Look for Kansas, as Oklahoma did, to stack the box, and force wide receivers to make plays down the field. Dawson's hope is that the team can create more opportunities than they did in the 45-33 loss to OU.

The offensive line for WVU played a very average game against a stout Oklahoma front seven, allowing three sacks for a total loss of 23 yards. But that was against arguably the best collective talent the Mountaineers will face this season, and position coach Ron Crook said he believes the unit will continue to get improve and should benefit from a second straight game against a similar odd front.

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