Holgorsen did say that WVU, in the Associated Press poll for the first time since Oct. 28, 2012, has ceased practicing Sunday evenings - as it typically does midway through the conference slate - to alleviate some of the additional pounding. The coach did address beginning to hone in on Oklahoma State, and to try and mentally move past the 41-27 upset win over then-No. 4 Baylor last Saturday. Holgorsen, who was an offensive coordinator under OSU head coach Mike Gundy prior to the move to Morgantown, said the Cowboys had the "best defense in the Big 12 last season."
Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) has struggled this year in the passing game, but has begun to become healthier on the back end while also being able to slow the run game effectively. Holgorsen also addressed the importance of the coverage units against an OSU return game that has among the most dangerous personnel in the nation. West Virginia might also face its most difficult road test for the remainder of the season when combining the focus of the opposing team - then-No. 11 Oklahoma State lost to West Virginia in an upset last season - combined with the crowd and environmental conditions.