however i dont know if west virginia without rich rod was better than oklahoma in 2007.
we were one game from playing for the national title
both teams went into that game with 2 losses.
wvu was fresh of a 13-9 loss to sub .500 pitt while oklahoma beat #1 mizzou by 3td in the big 12 championship game.
rich rod, the architect of wvu's spread attack left for michigan prior to the fiesta bowl. the argument could definitely be made that oklahoma was the stronger team going into that game(vegas thought so, and had them favored by 8 pts)