MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen doesn't want to hear the term "trap game'' used in regard to the trip his No. 5 West Virginia football team is taking this week. As far as he's concerned, the concept is a foreign one, as if he didn't even know the meaning of the word.
"I don't know what a trap game means, to be honest with you,'' Holgorsen said Tuesday at his weekly session with the media. "What does that mean?''
Well, OK, here it is:
In the past two weeks, the Mountaineers have played their first-ever Big 12 game, a 70-63 win over Baylor, and won 48-45 in front of the largest and loudest crowd ever at storied Texas.
A week from Saturday comes a return home to face Kansas State, a game that will be televised nationally in prime time and could very well be the first game between top-five teams ever played in Morgantown.
And in between? Well, there's Saturday's trip to Lubbock, Texas, to face a Texas Tech team that was just handed its oversized hat by Oklahoma 41-20.
Well, Holgorsen had a rebuttal at the ready. You want to know what a trap is? It's walking into 60,454-seat Jones AT&T Stadium for Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game that will be televised by ABC.
"Did you feel like our game against Baylor was good from an atmosphere standpoint?'' Holgorsen asked rhetorically. "Well, that's what it will be like at Texas Tech. They've got 60-some thousand people that care about their football and I would assume that will be pretty rowdy as well.''
Holgorsen, of course, knows of what he speaks. Not only did he coach on those sidelines in Lubbock for eight years, he's returned there as an opponent.
Yes, Texas Tech may have slipped last week against Oklahoma. But the Red Raiders were also 4-0 prior to that and with the No. 1 ranked defense in the country.
And imagine that the Red Raiders are hosting the No. 5 team in the country, a newcomer to the Big 12, it's homecoming and Holgorsen is returning. There are obviously more than a few reasons for Texas Tech to be jacked up about this one.