But at least the Mountaineers won't be facing the same thing that has stopped them time and again during this streak. Oklahoma will play man coverage on most receivers, with a pair of safeties who must also play the run in a short-handed (5-man) box.
"It's a different approach than what we've faced over the last six or seven games,'' Holgorsen said. "We've seen a lot of zone coverage, a lot of drop-seven, drop-six. These guys are a man coverage team.
"But they've got tremendous athletes. They've got tremendous football players. They've got big, thick guys up front that do a great job against the run and they've got about six or seven coverage guys that can all cover. It's going to be one-on-one matchups all over the place, so we've got to do a good job of winning those.''
Oklahoma's defensive style also invites the run and if West Virginia can get that part of its game going it would help immensely. Last week Baylor, just as pass-oriented as WVU, ran 51 times and gained 252 yards against the Sooners. The Bears lost 42-34, but were in the game right to the bitter end.
If West Virginia is to have a chance, the offense has to be productive. That's the way the Mountaineers won their first five games, overcoming defensive deficiencies to simply overwhelm and outscore opponents.
But while Oklahoma's style of play on defense might seem to invite success by WVU, other factors do not.
"The one thing that never changes is the effort that they play with and the nastiness that they play with,'' Holgorsen said of the OU defense. "They play with just a tremendous amount of energy and regardless of what the scheme is that's probably a little bit more important than anything, their mentality.
"Our approach needs to be to get ready to play the game. We need to get excited about playing a game. We need to get fired up about the opportunity.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.