West Virginia will face its first power-based team in Big 12 play in Texas. How do the Mountaineers match-up?

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's defense has become accustomed to facing primarily spread offenses in both practice and game situations over the past six weeks. Now, it'll have to match an entirely different system against an improving Texas team.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen discusses some diffferences between fitting up against the Longhorns, and trying to match the ability to play in space against the likes of Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Holgorsen also details the simialrities between UT quarterbacks Tyrone Swoopes and new starter Jerrod Heard, who has hit on 79 of 134 passes for more than 1,000 yards with four touchdowns and three picks. Heard also leads the team in rushing, which is no major surprise considering how much Strong likes to run power out off the position.

Holgorsen aso reviews a Texas defense that will blitz more than any other Mlountaineer foe this season, and do so out of a myriad of different looks. The Longhorns, long on talent but short on experience, are gifted with exceptional size and solid speed, and have used that talent in an array of pressure packages. Texas has also disguised where the pressure originates well, and puts a premium on the ability to confuse quarterbacks while mucking up the box. Holgorsen speaks to those designs, his expectations for Skyler Howard and his thoughts after film review on the QB play both in the run and pass games. Holgorsen also dissected West Virginia's line play, and Yodny Cajuste's status, which is likely to remain day-to-day the remainder of the season due to his turf toe injury.


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