And that, Holgorsen seems to believe, is not as much a matter of talent or execution as it is simply a mindset - one the Mountaineers no longer seem to have.
"We need to be mentally tough, we need to be physically tough and we need to improve ourselves each and every day,'' he said. "It's a deal where you're not going to wake up and just fix things without hard work. So we have to get back to work. We have to get our fundamentals better, we've got to get our technique better and we've got to get our confidence back.''
West Virginia at least has some extra time to attempt to do just that. The Mountaineers are off this week before resuming play a week from Saturday at home against TCU. After that are games with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Kansas.
And so between now and that stretch run, Holgorsen will not only attempt to fix the issues that have plagued his team's offense and defense, but those he believes have crept into their minds, as well.
"It happens with young kids,'' Holgorsen said. "I mean, young kids don't know how to be mentally tough. It takes being in those situations to really understand it. It's hard to really compare ourselves with Kansas State because they're a mature team and we're not right now.
"From a program standpoint and a teamwork standpoint, that's kind of the model right now. And we'll strive hard to get ourselves in that position.''
All four will be televised, but it will be next Monday before WVU-TCU, Oklahoma-Iowa State, Oklahoma State-Kansas State and Texas-Texas Tech are placed in windows of noon, 3:30 and 8 p.m. on ABC and 3 p.m. on Fox.
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