Holgorsen Previews Kansas, Reviews Bye Week

There's an adage stating what a difference a week makes. But, in the case of West Virginia facing Kansas on Saturday, head coach Dana Holgorsen doesn't believe the Jayhawks will be schematically different from what they were under dismissed head coach Charlie Weis.

There is, after all, only so much one can do with the limited hours allotted coaches to spend with collegiate athletes. Kansas (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) retained offensive coordinator and line coach John Reagan and defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Clint Bowen, who was named interim head coach. Reagan is in hiss sixth season at the school, and his first as the Jayhawks coordinator. Hired to begin a fix of an apathetic, pop-less offense, Reagan has struggled in building Kansas into any kind of threat to score, as his unit ranks 121st in the nation in points per game at 15.3. KU has been outscored 64-3 in its two games against power five teams (Duke and Texas).

Bowen, a former Kansas player, hasn't fared significantly better, though the Kansas defense appears to be the more skilled side of the ball. A mediocre Texas offense scored 23 on KU, while Duke rang up 41 points in a complete dismantling. Holgorsen, whose WVU team provided Weis with his lone Big 12 win in two-plus seasons in a 31-19 defeat last year, speaks to the differences this year, his expectation of the Jayhawks game plan, managing his own team in the face of an emotional foe, and the widely varying styles of play expected from the programs.

Holgorsen also updates the status of cornerback Daryl Worley, reveals the biggest miscues in last year's loss, delves into the issue of depth - especially the lack of it in the loss in Lawrence last year just a week after West Virginia lost an overtime game to Texas - and gives his overall assessment of the Mountaineers' bye week after a 2-2 start with losses to a pair of top four teams.


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