Over the past several years, though, Morgantown has gained some unwelcomed notoriety because of its unruly celebrations after football wins. And the problem hasn't abated during the Mountaineers' inaugural Big 12 season.
Following West Virginia's 48-45 win at Texas on Oct. 6, about 40 fires were set around Morgantown late into the night and early morning. Police needed riot gear, pepper spray and tear gas to battle a crowd of around 1,000 people who threw bottles and rocks at the officers.
Manilla said the town is working on initiatives to curb the violent celebrations.
“We've had a few issues here,” Manilla said. “But we've gotten really good feedback from the fans coming from that area.”
Even though Sooners coach Bob Stoops and his brother, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, haven't played or coached in Morgantown, they might feel a little more at home than most visiting Okies: They'll have family and friends in the stands, coming to watch the game from Youngstown, Ohio, the Stoops' hometown.
“I'm gonna have about 80 people from Youngstown coming,” Stoops said. “Got a couple buses heading that way.”
Most Sooner players said they've never been to West Virginia — safety Javon Harris thinks he may have driven through the state once — but did add they're becoming more accustomed to the faraway school being in their conference.
“At first it was (weird),” said senior defensive lineman Jamarkus McFarland. “I grew up not seeing them in this conference, but now it's just another team.
“They're gonna put teams in the conference; you've gotta have the ability to get on the field with anybody you play. ... When you go to the bowl game, you're not for certain gonna play a Big 12 team, so you have to be ready to play against anybody.”
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There are 27 teams in the six BCS conferences who haven't ever hosted Oklahoma in their home cities.
One of those, West Virginia, hosts the Sooners on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Here's a look at all the BCS-conference teams that have never hosted the Sooners.
Clemson -- Duke -- Georgia Tech* -- NC State -- Virginia Tech -- Virginia -- Wake Forest
Iowa -- Michigan -- *Michigan State -- Penn State -- *Purdue
Connecticut -- Rutgers -- South Florida
Oregon State -- Washington State -- Utah
Auburn -- Florida -- *Georgia -- LSU -- *Mississippi State -- Ole Miss -- *South Carolina -- Tennessee
* Team has never played Oklahoma in any venue.
** Oklahoma plays at West Virginia on Saturday