MORGANTOWN - And now for something completely different.
A week after scoring 70 points, giving up 63 and being involved in a game with nearly a mile of total offense, West Virginia faces a far different and far more difficult test. On Saturday night, the No. 8 Mountaineers and No. 11 Texas match 4-0 records.
It won't be a home game, instead coming at 100,000-seat Texas Memorial Stadium.
It won't be against an underdog. Texas is an early touchdown favorite.
It won't be against a team that treats defense as almost an afterthought, as did Baylor last Saturday. The Longhorns give up just 21 points a game.
Most significantly, it won't be a race to see which team can blow a circuit in the scoreboard first.
Sure, it might wind up that way. Texas is averaging 47 points a game, after all, and West Virginia 53.
But it won't be the design of both teams to race to scoring records.
"This won't be a game like last week where both offenses take 90-some snaps,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday. "Their philosophy differs, which is going to slow us down on offense.''
Indeed, while Texas scores a ton of points, it's not because the Longhorns play fast and furious. They run the ball, averaging 228 yards on the ground. They throw it well enough to push their total offense to nearly 500 yards.
But they do it without many of the fashionable tricks of the day.
"It's a good, talented Texas offense,'' Holgorsen said. "From a scheme standpoint, they're going to play conventional football, which is going to keep us off the field.''
Indeed, the way Texas plays offense, not defense, might be one of the most significant factors in holding West Virginia's offense to more pedestrian numbers than the 807 yards and 10 touchdowns it produced in Saturday's win over Baylor. Sure, the Texas defense is good, but one of the reasons is it isn't on the field for 90 plays.
In fact, the biggest question for West Virginia this week has little to do with its offense. The issue is whether a defense that was burned for 700 yards and 63 points by Baylor is at all equipped to handle Texas.