OU vs. West Virginia football: Can Dillon Gabriel lead the Sooners to bowl eligibility?

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NORMAN — OU hits the road to face West Virginia on Saturday (11 a.m., FS1).

The Sooners (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) are looking to bounce back from a 38-35 loss to Baylor in Week 10, while the Mountaineers (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) suffered a 31-14 loss to Iowa State. Here's a look at some key points to watch when the two teams play:

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Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) runs the ball during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) runs the ball during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

3 players to watch for OU vs. West Virginia

OU quarterback Dillon Gabriel: The redshirt junior quarterback threw three interceptions last week against Baylor, which ties for a career-high total in a single game. After not throwing an interception in OU's first five games, Gabriel has thrown four interceptions in his last three outings.

OU running back Eric Gray: Gray was more involved than ever before against Baylor. The senior converted a season-high 23 carries into 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also made a season-high eight catches for 58 yards. Gray continues to establish himself as OU's most consistent weapon on offense, and he'll surely be a focal point again this weekend.

OU defensive lineman Jalen Redmond: The redshirt junior recorded a sack and two tackles for loss against Baylor. It's a welcomed sight for an OU defensive line that has two sacks to its name in conference play this season. Redmond is arguably the Sooners' most capable guy in the trenches, and he'll look to have an impact against West Virginia.

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OU quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) runs for a first down ahead of Kansas linebacker Rich Miller (30) and defensive lineman Malcolm Lee (99) during the second half of a 52-42 win on Oct. 15 in Norman.
OU quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) runs for a first down ahead of Kansas linebacker Rich Miller (30) and defensive lineman Malcolm Lee (99) during the second half of a 52-42 win on Oct. 15 in Norman.

2 big questions for OU vs. West Virginia

Can OU play disciplined football? The Sooners have committed 55 penalties for a conference-high 492 yards (54.7 yards per game) this season, and their lack of discipline proved to be a backbreaker last weekend. OU committed eight penalties for 64 yards against Baylor. The Sooners have a number of problems on both sides of the ball, meaning they can't afford to shoot themselves in the foot with unforced errors.

Can Gabriel find his groove? It's no secret that OU's offense needs to make up for its struggling defense, and a large part of that burden rests on the shoulders of Gabriel. The redshirt junior doesn't have to put up video game stats, but he does need to limit turnovers and be efficient through the air.

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1 wild prediction for OU vs. West Virginia

Dillon Gabriel will rush for at least 100 yards: Gabriel has never reached triple-digit rushing yards in a game, but he has developed into a threat on the ground this season. He ran the ball nine times for a career-high 70 yards against Baylor.

Justin Martinez, Staff writer

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