"We've only played four football games and we're still just trying to figure out exactly how we can do things to be as effective as we can be,'' Briles said. "I know that sounds silly with what's been going on, but we're still in the process of trying to make sure we're really doing the right thing at the right time.
"I know our guys have a lot of confidence. They're playing with a lot of intensity and effort. But we still think there's more out there that we can accomplish, without question. We haven't done anything yet.''
The questions about Baylor figure to be answered slowly the rest of the season. The Big 12 has never been known for its defense and until Oklahoma goes to Waco on Nov. 7 the Bears might not be really tested.
The questions about West Virginia? Well, even after being eviscerated Saturday, it's hard to really put a finger on how this team stacks up. The offensive questions remain, but that was always understood to be a matter of progression. It's even more so with the continued uncertainty - be it because of effectiveness or health - of the quarterbacks.
The defensive performance, though, is now worrisome. But again, will anyone stop or even slow Baylor?
"We still have moving parts on offense,'' Holgorsen said. "We took a step back defensively, obviously. I think Baylor's going to do that to a lot of people this year. Offensively we've got to just keep plugging away.''
This isn't the first embarrassing defeat for the Mountaineers, of course. After the first one, that 37-0 whitewashing at Maryland, Holgorsen swore that his team wasn't as bad as it seemed and was actually close to being a pretty good one. Then they went out and beat Oklahoma State before going back in the tank.
And now? Still close to being good?
"I think we're still close to being a good football team,'' Holgorsen maintains. "We didn't play as good as we had hoped. Baylor was prepared. They were fresh, they were fast, they were energized. The way we played against Oklahoma State, we played at a pretty high level. We didn't get that out of them Saturday, but I think Baylor had a lot to do with that.
"I'd like to think it's a combination of us being a little bit worn out - not an excuse at all, but being a little bit worn out - and Baylor being pretty damn good.''
The good news is that there's a break now before Texas Tech comes to Morgantown a week from Saturday (announced Monday as another noon start). It's time for West Virginia to get healthy, get better and make some adjustments.
And it's time for someone else to deal with Baylor. Snyder already has a plan.
"We're going to take the first snap and run into the locker room,'' Snyder said.
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