MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - For the fifth time in six Big 12 games this season, West Virginia will face a team this weekend that could go in a couple of different directions with its quarterback play.
In other words, it's nothing new for the Mountaineers.
Shoot, it's nothing new for anyone. Of the league's 10 teams, nine - including WVU - have played multiple quarterbacks, be it for reasons of injury or ineffectiveness or both. Only Baylor's Bryce Petty has played every meaningful snap for his team.
But preparing for TCU's Casey Pachall and 7 could be a little easier for West Virginia than it has been in previous weeks, coach Dana Holgorsen said. At least the Horned Frogs' offense looks basically the same regardless of which quarterback plays.
That wasn't necessarily the case with, for example, Trevor Knight and Blake Bell at Oklahoma, J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf at Oklahoma State or Jake Waters and Daniel Sams at Kansas State.
"With Kansas State, their offensive approach was a little different based on which quarterback was in. That's not necessarily the case here with TCU,'' Holgorsen said. "Whichever quarterback is in there, they typically do the same things, which will make it easier for us to prepare.
"With that said, it's still about making plays. We need to continue to make plays and put our guys into critical situations to make plays.''
It's been two seasons now that TCU has been forced to juggle Pachall and Boykin.
Pachall's career has been checkered, to say the least. After serving as Andy Dalton's backup in 2010, he threw for almost 3,000 yards, 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 2011. Through four games in 2012, he had 10 touchdowns and just one pick.
But when he was arrested for drunken driving after those first four games last season - he had also reportedly failed a drug test during the offseason - Pachall was suspended and left school. He returned in time to play this season and was the preseason pick as the All-Big 12 quarterback. He went into the year as the active FBS leader in passing efficiency.
But while Pachall was out, Boykin stepped in and did some good things, not the least of which was throwing a 94-yard touchdown pass at the end of regulation to tie West Virginia last year in Morgantown, leading to an overtime win. When Pachall returned this season, he and Boykin split time the first two games, sometimes with both on the field together.