CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The views from here:
So, did the Big 12 schedule this game in a friendly attempt to break up WVU's travel?
Don't be silly.
"It wasn't so much the travel," said WVU athletic director Oliver Luck. "It was more the [Fox] network's desire to have good matchups at the beginning of the year.
"Usually there are great conference matchups in October. But sometimes there's a dearth in September."
It's all about television. It's always about money. Never forget that.
"That's the reason you saw [the Atlantic Coast Conference's] Florida State-Pitt game in primetime," Luck said. "Conference matchups, by and large, are more attractive. You saw Vanderbilt and Ole Miss."
If you're wondering what Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen thought of the early matchup, so did Luck when the date was placed.
"The [Big 12] conference called us," Luck said. "I sat down and talked to Dana. He thought it made sense. Heck, it might help us with a new [Oklahoma] quarterback. These [early-season conference matchups] are something I think you'll continue to see."
Had Holgorsen felt comfortable with and started ex-Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett, the thought from here is, yes, it would have helped the Mountaineers. Trickett has been in the fire against the Sooners, Clemson and others for extended periods.
New Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, a freshman, fared well in the Sooners' season opener - with his feet. Knight had 103 yards to lead his team in rushing against Louisiana-Monroe.
Through the air, though, Knight hit just 11-of-28 attempts for 86 yards. (Three of those connections did go for scores.) So with an experienced QB, maybe WVU would have gained an advantage.
With Paul Millard at WVU's controls, though, I sense a push.