MORGANTOWN -- So far during West Virginia's football season that's one-third complete, the Mountaineers have had little problem in the area of motivation.
OK, yes, so there was that whole Norfolk State thing. Then again, the Spartans were -- despite that ugly first half -- never a threat to West Virginia, so motivation was never really an issue. It was merely a matter of time.
Think about the rest, though. The opener brought Marshall, a team with an entire offseason to prepare, its own incentive and bolstered by a near upset a year earlier in Huntington. If for no reasons other than those -- and the fact that it was the first game of the season -- West Virginia had to be ready.
There was Maryland. It was the first road game and the first against a BCS automatic qualifier school.
And, of course, there was LSU. The SEC. A No. 2 national ranking. ESPN's College GameDay. Sellout crowd and a night game on ABC.
Now there's some motivation to play well.
And now comes Bowling Green -- a week after a crushing disappointment against LSU and a week before Big East play begins against Connecticut.
Can you say Trap Game?
Dana Holgorsen can't. He refuses to do so. And it all goes back to his season-long mantra -- no game is bigger than the next game.
"We've said it from Week 1 to Week 2 and from Week 3 to Week 4,'' the West Virginia coach said. "You have to get over the game you just played, regardless if you win or lose or if you played good or played bad. It doesn't matter. You get to work on Sunday and get over it."
That's often times easier said than done, of course.
The practice part is controllable. Holgorsen and his staff make sure of that. Tuesdays and Wednesdays -- the hardest practice days of the week -- are just as intense if the opponent is the best team in the country or the worst. Thursdays are all the same and so are Fridays.
And the atmosphere, both during the week and on game day? Well, that can't matter.