Tuesday afternoon brought another of Coach Holgorsen’s weekly press conferences. This week, the head coach started off the conference by pointing out the general shift of focus from the previous teams played to Brigham Young University. Coach Holgorsen was very quick to point out the need to not look at the team’s win-loss record, but rather the history of the Cougars’s successes. “They’re just unbelievable tradition in the history when it comes to playing really good football, and this team is no different. They could very easily be 3-0. They have tremendous football players.”
Coach Holgorsen and the Mountaineers are coming off of a bye week, where BYU was handed their second loss of the season. That being said, Coach Holgorsen stated that he knows exactly what the Cougars will bring to the Mountaineers on Saturday. Coach Holgorsen also pointed out that the Cougars are a potential new conference member, making the game between the two even more important. “No secret that they’re trying to get into the Big 12., which is probably going to give them a little extra motivation to be able to play this game. All of which says that we better get ourselves ready to play, and I know we will.”
Even with a bye week, Coach Holgorsen is still optimistic about the Mountaineers as a team and stated that he is sure the team will play well Saturday afternoon. With the game being at a neutral site, the head coach stressed how important the game is, especially from a fan’s perspective. “They’re important for our fan base. We’ve played them before and we’re going to continue to play them again . . . I’m a big fan of them and I know our fan base is as well and will show up and support us as much as they can.”
Coach Holgorsen pointed out that BYU could be a potential challenge on defense for the Mountaineers. The Cougars have a coach who has been with the team for a very long time, and the defense continues to find the ball whenever possible. “They’re violent when they get there with great effort and great physicality. It’s going to be a challenge.” The Cougars defense has held their opponents to scoring no more than 20 points this season, so the Cougars defense could very well be the first challenge for the Mountaineers offense.
Coach Holgorsen pointed out that while the Cougars offense has run two quarterbacks, Holgorsen feels confident that his team is prepared to face them. “We have a pretty good idea on what to expect. Again, what are they going to do different? We have a lot of videos based on what they’ve done the last three games and what these two kids have done over the last couple of years as well. We’re going to know who our opponent is, and what we feel like we need to do to be successful.”
West Virginia is one of two remaining undefeated teams in the conference, so there is a level of pressure on the Mountaineers to perform and beat this potential Big 12 members. Having said that, Coach Holgorsen pointed out the way the media influences and over-analyzes conferences, especially early on in the season, and much like the way the Big 12 has been looked at. “There are a lot of good players in the Big 12. There are a lot of good coaches in the Big 12. There are a lot of good teams in the Big 12. You can judge us in the end when you see where everyone ends up and who they play in bowl games. I think that’s the final measuring stick.”
Overall, the head coach for the Mountaineers has maintained his optimism for the season as the team heads into their third game. The team is healthy, and Coach Holgorsen sounds prepared to go up against the Cougars on Saturday. Whether or not BYU will become a member of the Big 12 is still to be determined, but at least Coach Holgorsen and the Mountaineers are ready for the game come Saturday.