Neither of these teams is likely to install the wishbone, of course, and both coaches seem quite satisfied with the way they do things. Swinney insists that Clemson won't be doing anything radical as far as changes to offensive or defensive schemes
"I think after 13 games you are who you are,'' Swinney said. "You've got a little more time so you probably do a little more self-evaluation and each team will look at their tendencies and try to break some of those things. But at the end of the day you are who you are and it's about execution and making the fewest mistakes. That's usually the team that has a chance to win it.''
That's not to say, however, that there won't be some obvious departures from the norm. Take Holgorsen's offense, for instance.
Each week during the season, the Mountaineers work on specific plays they think will work against that week's opponent. With only a few days to prepare, however, it's not easy to do something new. Holgorsen will have his offense practice a play, but at some point if it isn't working right he will scrap it.
With a month to prepare, however, he's not likely to as quickly abandon something new.
"We'll re-evaluate where we're at and we'll look for ways to attack [Clemson's defense],'' Holgorsen said. "We'll probably have more time on our hands to be able to rep things to where we feel good about it, as opposed to repping things and not feeling good about it and getting rid of it. So there'll probably be more offense in, I would think.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.