For some players, the chance to knock off a team who has beaten the Mountaineers in every single conference match-up is enough to provide some added motivation for Saturday's game. For Skyler Howard it's just the next game on the schedule and it happens to be against the Wildcats of Kansas State. The senior quarterback has taken the "no rear view mirror" approach (something that would make Bob Huggins proud) when discussing the upcoming game and gave some insight into his preparation for the contest.
"Right now I'm just thinking about this week," Howard said. "I can't turn back the tape and change anything bad that happened. I'm just looking forward."
If going 0-4 in conference play against KSU doesn't add any extra motivation to defeat the Wildcats, then how about the prospect of opening up with the same team that handed the Mountaineers their last defeat (the only loss WVU has sustained in its last 9 games) dating back to last season?
"I'm just excited to start conference play," Howard said. "I don't care who it is, I'm just excited to get out there and play some ball. I'm taking it one week at a time."
So, we get it. Playing Kansas State isn't any more significant than playing in any other Big 12 match-up (or even any other game on the schedule) to Howard, and that's probably a good thing, because as a quarterback you're expected to be even-keeled and relaxed going into a big game. Howard, a senior, has been around long enough to understand that every game is important and requires the same amount of film study and preparation to come out with a victory. But surely, the prospect of being able to make plays against the No.1 defense in the country has to add an extra element of excitement to Saturday's game, right?
"No, I just flip on the film and see how we match up and get our game plan going," Howard said. "I don't look at stats, I don't look at anything like that. As far as numbers, that doesn't really affect me at all."
While Howard may not be too concerned that the Wildcats are the No.1 team in total defense in the country, No. 1 pass defense in the country, No. 6 rush defense in the country and No.13 scoring defense in the country, he did give some insight into what he sees on film from the veteran defensive unit.
"They're well coached," Howard said. "They fly around and they're a lot like the bunch that we just played. We have seen them for a few years now and they really play hard for their coach."