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Well-rested WVU set for matchup against Sooners

MORGANTOWN — As the college football season winds down for West Virginia University, arguably the toughest two conference opponents remain on the Mountaineers’ schedule.

This week, the Mountaineers (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) will take on the Oklahoma Sooners (6-2, 5-2) — the second-best team in the conference and owners of the Big 12’s top offense.

The Mountaineers will counter with the conference’s top defense, but also have an added bonus on their side: time off. While Oklahoma downed Oklahoma State on Saturday, the Mountaineers were home for some rest and recovery during their first bye week since early October.

With the semester coming to a close, WVU head coach Neal Brown said the break was much needed not just from a football standpoint, but for the student-athletes and what comes with that title.

“As much as anything, (we wanted) to clear your mind mentally and get ready because we’ve got not only Oklahoma, but we follow up with Iowa State and finals and all those types of things coming up,” Brown said Tuesday. “I think we’re in a good mental framework, I think the guys feel better.”

Brown also reported that the team is much more rested and healthier than it was prior to taking on TCU two weeks ago. He mentioned running back Leddie Brown as somebody who has benefited greatly from the time off.

Leddie Brown, who has been banged up for the Mountaineers’ last few games, is returning to form, coach Brown said.

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