Holgorsen, for his part, agrees with the assessment, but cautions against reading too much into it.
"I was a part of one of those victories two years ago (55-28 in Stillwater) and Oklahoma State just did such a good job of moving the ball on offense that Baylor was always playing from behind,'' Holgorsen said. "Sure, we'll look at those tapes and Coach Briles will look at those tapes and try to see if there are some similarities. But every year is different.''
Indeed, there are some stark differences, not the least of which is that none of West Virginia's players were involved in any of those OSU-Baylor games. Nor have the Mountaineers ever been involved in a game with the Bears, this being one of two Big 12 opponents (Iowa State is the other) where there is no history at all between the schools.
But trust that they will all have been introduced to how Oklahoma State has handled Baylor while being guided in some part by coaches who are now at West Virginia. How much they will glean from that remains to be seen.
"Oklahoma State did a great job. They had a great team last year,'' Smith said after watching at least some of last year's rout. "But we're a different team. We run pretty much the same style offense, so I'll get some hints on some things that I might like and things I might want to do in the game. But other than that it's a different game.''
For the record, last year's OSU-Baylor game wasn't even as close as the lopsided final score. The Cowboys led 35-0 at halftime and 42-0 before the Bears scored. Somehow, though, Baylor managed a staggering 622 yards of offense, 36 first downs and a nearly 2-to-1 edge in time of possession, but turned the ball over five times.
The Bears will get their yards against West Virginia today, too. Quarterback Nick Florence leads the nation in total offense and Baylor is among the top six teams in the country in passing, total offense and scoring.
But as far as doing what matters - scoring and preventing scores - that's where studying Oklahoma State's success against Baylor could come in handy. Yes, every game is different, but there has to be something to OSU's success that West Virginia can borrow.
"When Baylor lines up and plays Oklahoma State this year it's going to be a completely different ball game,'' Holgorsen said. "You can try to take some things and learn from it, but ultimately it's preparing the team that you have this year to play the best you possibly can and putting those guys in position to make plays.''
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