Moving on from its comeback win against Texas Tech Saturday, No. 23 West Virginia (4-2) looks ahead to its road matchup against Baylor (0-6) this weekend.
Despite its winless record, the Bears appeared to be moving in the right direction, playing some tighter games as of late, including going down to the wire against Oklahoma at the end of September.
That game against a ranked team was in Waco, as is this weekend’s matchup for Matt Rhule and company. It was the other head coach, Dana Holgorsen, that talked at WVU’s media availability Tuesday.
Mystery of the Unknown
Holgorsen commented that there are a number of relative unknowns heading into this week’s contest, mostly revolving around new coaches and their schemes.
Due to the circumstances at Baylor, it’s a different coaching regime in Waco than in years’ past.
“There’s nothing from the past that I can pull from,” Holgorsen said. “This is different. We have to do a good job as a coaching staff.”
It’s not all a mystery, though.
Zach Smith returns at quarterback to make another start against the Mountaineers. Smith took over late in the season a year ago and has started each of the last four games this year for the Bears.
Offensive Skill Positions
The head coach of the Mountaineers said that Baylor is deep at running back and wide receiver.
John Lovett is the lead back for the Bears, while Denzel Mimms is the top receiver.
Holgorsen admitted that he expects Baylor to try to establish the run against his defense.
“Like I said after the game (Saturday), we’ve got to do a better job at stopping the run,” said Holgorsen.
Asked about whether or not momentum can be carried over from game to game, the head coach said he believes it’s a confidence factor more than anything that can be transferred by a team after a comeback like his pulled off.
“I would hope that would carry over,” he said.
Carrying the Ball
A lot of attention has been paid over the last few days to the Mountaineer running game, which had its worst output of the season on Saturday.
Although he admitted he’s getting tired of talking about it, Holgorsen said that he chalks some of the poor performance up to mentality, both of his team and of Texas Tech, who’s game plan was clearly to stop the run.
He also stated that he still has a good running team, which is accurate.
On Monday the NCAA’s Midseason All-Americans were announced, of which there were a number of representatives from the Big 12, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Included in that list was WVU wide receiver, David Sills.
“David’s doing a great job,” Holgorsen said. “I’m proud of him.”
Both All-American quarterbacks were Big 12 representatives, to which Holgorsen noted that it, “Says a lot of good things about the Big 12,” continuing to say that it says a lot when WVU quarterback Will Grier is having the season he is and was left off the list.