Yes, there is still something to play for in terms of guaranteeing a winning record and enhancing the resume it presents to bowl games, but win or lose the season is not over and a bowl is guaranteed.
Holgorsen was asked if he thought the pressure was off of his players now that the streak was over and a bowl was a given.
"Yes, probably. But if we just relax and feel good about it then we'll probably get beat this week,'' he said. "That's the nature of college football. The one thing I told the guys in the locker room after the [Iowa State] game is that they don't need to feel that they accomplished anything else other than a win.''
The win did, however, earn the Mountaineers some time off. They were excused after returning from Iowa late Friday night and didn't practice as normal on Sunday. In fact, when Holgorsen met with the media Tuesday, he did so before he'd gathered his team again since returning from last Friday's game.
The hope is that the break will rejuvenate the players.
"We got them away from it a couple of days. We've been at this for pretty much every day for three or four months. They need to come back here ready and eager to go,'' Holgorsen said. "We haven't met with them since the game was over. We're not going to talk about Iowa State. That game is over and we're not going to talk about it. The first thing that comes out of my mouth will be about Kansas.
"If our guys have learned anything this year it's you'd better be ready to play. All of the opponents in the Big 12 can win on any given day. Kansas is no different. They are a couple points away from having three Big 12 wins this season. We have to play hard.''
Holgorsen did say that cornerback Brodrick Jenkins, who didn't dress last week, would practice this week.
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