The West Virginia Mountaineers were selected to play in the Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl in a few weeks time. The matchup features to very good offensive teams, but Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen expects the game to be won on the defensive side of the ball, according to Garrett Cullin of the West Virginia Metro News.
“Offensively I think that’s what people want to see,” Holgorsen said. “But the only way you can win the game is if defensively, you stop people. I think the turnover margin is the biggest thing in football. I think we’re pretty good defensively and Clemson’s pretty good defensively and the one that gets the most stops and creates the most turnovers will probably be the one that wins the game.”
Clemson and West Virginia both have the kind of game-breaking talent that can win a game all by themselves. But we can imagine both of those teams will get those plays at certain points in that game. It will be the team that can shut down those plays the most from the opposition that will be successful, at least according to Coach Holgorsen.