In addition to playing Oklahoma when he was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State in 2010, Holgorsen helped the Cowboys to an Alamo Bowl victory over Arizona that season.
"We've competed against each other for 15 years," Holgorsen said. "We've been to clinics together, we hang out together and they know our offense better than anybody that's out there. Adding Bill, I don't know what that does for them. They already know it better than anyone else out there.
"You've still got to be careful with that. You've got to be careful with signals. You've got to be careful with tendencies. You've got to be careful with specific route tendencies because they're as good as anyone in the country understanding that."
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HOLGORSEN IS 2-8 against the Sooners at 0-4 at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Saturday's 7 p.m. game on Fox will be the fifth time Holgorsen has taken on a ranked Oklahoma team at home. Previous Sooners opponents were ranked Nos. 17, 2, 4 and 1.
Stoops is 82-5 at home. Much of the success has to do with how good the teams have been, but the stadium is not without intricacies. Holgorsen said the sidelines are tight and the fans are "right on top of you."
The stadium holds 82,112, making it the second-largest stadium in the Big 12 (Texas is the largest) and the 15th-largest in the country. A year ago, the average home attendance was 103.8 percent of the official capacity.
"It must be an Oklahoma thing - Tulsa is like that, Oklahoma State is like that and Oklahoma is like that," Holgorsen said. "The chairs are up against the wall and the people are right there with you. Is there a competitive disadvantage to it? No. It's a distraction, but tere are many distractions you have to overcome on the road and that's one distraction we have to overcome."
Holgorsen said as many as 35 Mountaineers will travel with the team for the first time in what's also WVU's first trip to the Sooners stadium since the landmark upset in 1982.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL officiating crews grew from six to seven in 1983. Saturday's game will be the first in the Big 12 with the eighth official exclusive to the league this season. The conference agreed to add an official in the offensive backfield. The referee, who will be opposite the new official, will help facilitate the preferred rapid pace used by many Big 12 offenses.
The expected side effect is more holding calls since a new pair of eyes will be devoted to the action along the line of scrimmage.
"I hope not, unless they call it on them," Holgorsen said. "They hold a lot. We never hold."
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