Scouting the West Virginia Mountaineers

Shane Buechele (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Mountaineers have ridden a high powered offense and a favorable schedule to a 7-3 record with Texas and Oklahoma still remaining. Their season upside rests on getting a win at home against the Longhorns. Once firmly on the hot seat, Dana Holgorsen is 16-5 in his last 21 Big 12 contests.

Inside the Gameplan: West Virginia

Jason Hall. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Dana Holgorsen has a reputation as the Air Raid coach who will actually run the ball. Or at least, that was his claim to fame before Lincoln Riley took over at Oklahoma and built the juggernaut that is the Baker Mayfield Sooner offense. Holgorsen was in early on RPOs (run/pass options), spread-I formations, and using the spread as a means to throw play-action bombs down the field. He’s moved further and further towards Art Briles’ style, particularly this season with the strong-armed Will Grier at QB.

Clarity on numbers? Sorta.

Brennan Eagles and Al'vonte Woodard (Justin Wells/IT)

Like everything with the NCAA, finding clarity on “initial counters” (signees who count towards the 25 man class limit) is much more difficult than it should be. Finding the actual, new NCAA text is proving difficult.

Kansas Postmortem: Offense

John Burt (Will Gallagher/IT)

It began promisingly enough on the Longhorns’ first offensive play of the game as Shane Buechele connected on a deep post to Lorenzo Joe for a 49 yard touchdown from max protection. Texas had been running that play without success all season and the result suggested that this might be the game where a somnolent Longhorn offense would finally break out of its lethargy and build some much needed confidence. Kansas is good for what ails you, right?

Not quite.

Kansas Postmortem: Defense

Poona Ford (Will Gallagher/IT)

Weird game, right? By several metrics the Longhorns defense completely dominated and they certainly set the tone for the game early. But the eye test really pissed me off at times, even as I tried to maintain the intellectual understanding that three new faces in the secondary will always mean major cohesion issues. It’s also possible that Big 12 officials not understanding that just because every play could be reviewed doesn’t mean they should be set me on edge.