"You only get a certain amount of games and they're all important,'' Holgorsen said. "It wouldn't be fair to our seniors or fair to the fan base if we don't put our best foot forward and try to win the game.''
Of course, even if Holgorsen wanted to use Saturday's game to look to the future he would have a hard time doing so. Given all the injuries the Mountaineers have suffered this season, it's not as if there are a lot of available, healthy players with which to experiment.
"We've only got about 50 bodies that we're going to play with anyway,'' Holgorsen said. "Yes, there are a lot of young guys out there that need to step up and play ball. But whoever deserves to play is going to play. Whether that's through practice, whether that's through preparation or it's just the next guy up.
"It's just like it was at Kansas and just like it was against Texas the week before. We'll come up with what we feel like gives us the best chance to win and we'll go out there and do what we can to try to win the game.''
BRIEFLY: Don't expect any surprises from either team Saturday. After a combined 22 games have produced just six wins, it is logical to assume that if either team had any tricks up its sleeve they would have been used before now.
"There's no secret to the schemes that are going to be out there,'' Holgorsen said. "It's about who wants to get out there and play and who'll get out there and play the hardest and give the most effort and fight and strain to where you can get a win. Hopefully that will be us.''
Holgorsen said this week that linebacker Doug Rigg has been cleared to play after a series of concussions sidelined him much of the season.
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