"Obviously making it to a bowl game is one of our goals that we have set as a program. And we obviously want to meet that goal.''
In some ways, however, there has to be some motivation. West Virginia has lost two in a row and three of four. Over the last 15 games stretching back to last season, the Mountaineers are just 5-10.
There has to be motivation just to avoid becoming negative and getting further into a rut.
In that regard, it doesn't appear that the Mountaineers have come to the point where they are just going through the motions in a lost season.
"I think practice has been good,'' defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said. "Sure, it was a tough loss, but that's the nature of college football. You have to hit that restart button, and it's our job as coaches to motivate and inspire them.''
In at least one regard, West Virginia's schedule should help. The four Big 12 teams the Mountaineers have played so far have lost a combined two games this season. The remaining five have lost 19.
On the other hand, though, the next two games are on the road, where WVU hasn't won in 11 months. After that comes a home game against resurgent Texas.
"We have to stay positive, look forward and realize that this season is not over yet,'' said linebacker Isaiah Bruce. "Every year it seems like Big 12 teams are always taking out each other. We just have to push through it and get better.''
It starts Saturday with Kansas State. The Wildcats are winless in the conference but have played three teams with a combined one league loss. They are coming off a bye week and most recently held Baylor to half as many points as anyone else has this season.
"We just want to take it game by game,'' said running back Dreamius Smith, who will be playing near his hometown of Wichita this weekend. "We're kind of in a bind, but we won't look that far ahead. We're just going to take each game one at a time and keep working hard in practice and keep getting better.''