"It happens every week in the Big 12. Everybody knows each other,'' Holgorsen said. "When we played Oklahoma, nobody knew us better than Oklahoma and nobody knew Oklahoma better than us. But it's the same thing when Oklahoma and Oklahoma State play. It's going to be the same thing when us and Texas Tech play or when Texas Tech and Oklahoma State play.
"I think you can overthink it. The biggest thing is just getting your guys out there and letting them play.''
Take the Oklahoma State defense, for example. Holgorsen knows it well. It is essentially the same as he saw three years ago in practice every day while coaching the OSU offense.
"The scheme's not that tough,'' Holgorsen said. "They're going to play four down and a couple of coverages. They are mixing in a lot more man, but they're not going to blitz much. But they coach really hard on effort and on technique.''
Knowing the systems and the coaches, though, isn't even half the battle. No matter how familiar the teams are with each other, it still comes down to, as the saying goes, the Jimmys and Joes more than the X's and the O's.
"Knowing him, I'm sure he would say the same thing if you asked him, but it all comes down to execution,'' Gundy said of Holgorsen. "They're going to have some new wrinkles for us, but it still comes down to blocking, tackling and catching the ball. For us, it comes down to seeing routes, pattern reading, hitting our gaps and being fundamentally sound.
"Against anybody, one mistake can lead to a big play. It will be on the line for us every play. He has a great mind, and if we take something away, he will try to find another way to attack us. It's fun. I have a lot of respect for him and what they do offensively."
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