"We spent a good portion of [Sunday] just talking about that,'' Holgorsen said. "It's the same thing we've been telling them for quite some time, which is that we're going to do our best to ignore the outside and just worry about what we're doing on the inside - just getting into a routine and preparing to win a game and trying to eliminate as many distractions as we possibly can.''
The bottom line, really, is that this is nothing all that new. Yes, it's the first Big 12 game and it comes against an opponent the Mountaineers have never played. That in itself is enough to ratchet up the enthusiasm.
But is it really much different than facing LSU on a Saturday night at home or Clemson in the Orange Bowl?
"Obviously there's been a lot of excitement over joining the Big 12 since it happened a year ago and it's finally here,'' Holgorsen said. "There hasn't been a Big 12 game yet. There hasn't been a Big 12 preparation yet. This is going to be the first one. So there's a lot of anticipation not only within the state of West Virginia, but across the country with having West Virginia as part of the Big 12, as well.
"So there will be a lot of eyes on us, which we've had that situation before. We've got a lot of experienced kids, we've got a program that's pretty established and used to winning and used to being in the national spotlight. So I don't think it will take away from any of our preparation and I don't think we'll allow it to become a distraction. I mean, ultimately we just have to get to work. We've got 20 hours a week to deal with our kids when it comes to getting ready for a football game, which is exactly what we'll do.''
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