MORGANTOWN - There seems little question as West Virginia goes forward after Saturday's 47-21 loss to No. 1 LSU that the Mountaineers' most immediate area of concern is special teams.
Yes, turnovers were a big issue, both the four WVU committed and the zero it forced. That the Mountaineers now rank No. 100 out of 120 FBS schools in turnover margin continues to be a point of emphasis.
There are defensive issues, too. Forget extenuating circumstances (such as a kickoff return and awful field position), those 47 points were still more than any Mountaineer team had surrendered since 2002.
Still, what resonates most of all, even days after the game, was how poorly West Virginia's special teams played.
There, too, existed some extenuating circumstances, of course. The Mountaineers' poor play on special teams was accentuated because LSU handles that part of the game so well. One can't be separated from the other.
Still, it just served to illustrate how much work WVU has to do in that area.
"We're not going to hit panic mode,'' coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday. "LSU's been known for being as good a special-teams team as there has been in college football over the last decade. So part of the thing that was discouraging for everybody involved was the fact that they were far better than us in all four phases [punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return].
"They've set the bar and we've got to work hard to get it to the point where we're like they are.''
There is obviously a lot of work to be done, and it's not limited to any one of those four phases to which Holgorsen referred.
But again, Holgorsen's answer is not going to be to blow the whole thing up and start from scratch. In fact, he might not even make that many personnel changes.