The Mountaineers, facing a fifth consecutive likeness of the air raid offensive stylings, are approaching the contest against Texas Tech with the same mentality as the past seven games - namely concentration on the task at hand with little reagrd for past difficulties. But there's little question the mounting losses, nearly all expected to this point, along with a series of injuries has hindered West Virginia's once steady confidence. Head coach Dana Holgorsen, above, details those issues, and dissects a Red Raiders' offense which is among the tops in the nation in scoring and passing and total offense despite a 5-4 overall mark.
Holgorsen also delved into some expected shuffling along the offensive line, including additional practice chances for players like Grant Lingafelter and Stone Underwood, along with the health status of Yodny Cajuste, who didn't make the trip to TCU and is listed as day-to-day. Holgorsen also reflected upon the intermediate passign game between Skyler Howard and the recievers, his expectations in the running game against a Tech defense which ranks above only Kansas within the Big 12, and what the Mountaineers might be able to get out of Rushel Shell this weekend with the back still struggling with is own expectations. Holgorsen also detailed WVU's injury-depleted secondary, and how it could at least slow down TTU starter Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes lacks the raw athletic ability of Trevone Boykin, but has proven adept at extending plays and being able to thwart initial pressure against blitz packages.
As he did in Monday's teleconference, Holgorsen also cautioned against his team thinking the remaining Big 12 schedule was easier, though it certainly appears that way with a 14-26 combined record for future foes matched up against the 30-1 mark for the teams already faced. West Virginia plays three of its next four games at home, just one - this weekend against Texas Tech - versus a team with a winning record.