MORGANTOWN - Video meeting rooms in Morgantown and Waco this week were pretty much the same as they always are leading up to a game.
In Morgantown they watched tape of Baylor. In Waco it was West Virginia highlights that were pored over.
But in both places, there was a third team that showed up more than one might expect.
It's another six weeks before West Virginia meets Oklahoma State and even longer - nine weeks - until Baylor faces the Cowboys. But OSU got plenty of attention from both staffs this week for one very good reason.
The Cowboys have Baylor's number. And West Virginia these days has a definite OSU feel to its coaching staff. So West Virginia spent time studying how to duplicate that success. Baylor likely spent as much time discerning how to overcome it.
What they learned - if anything - could have a significant impact today when No. 9 West Virginia (3-0) hosts No. 25 Baylor (3-0) at Mountaineer Field. The noon game will be televised by FX and is WVU's first conference game as a member of the Big 12.
"There are definitely some similarities,'' West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith said regarding the offenses of Oklahoma State and West Virginia. "We'll look at it, sure. But it's still a different game.''
True, it is a different game and even different teams. But consider a few things about how WVU and OSU are intertwined and how that might relate to today's game with Baylor:
To put it simply, Oklahoma State seems to have Baylor's number. And West Virginia has a definite OSU flavor to it on both sides of the ball.