For quarterback Geno Smith, the temptation might be to watch West Virginia's pounding of Clemson in the Orange Bowl over and over. The prolific passer is doing quite the opposite in preparing for the Mountaineers' debut season in the Big 12.
Smith knows he wasn't perfect last season.
There were extended periods when he generated little offense, times when he held onto the ball too long, or fumbled it away. There were costly interceptions in losses to LSU and Syracuse.
"I made poor decisions in a lot of situations,'' Smith said. "That's really where I've improved the most, my decision making and being able to get us in and out of good plays, taking care of the ball a little bit more and just overall being a better quarterback.''
Entering his third season as the starter, the senior is up to 225 pounds after adding 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason and he has immersed himself in film study to be better prepared.
In that 70-33 win over Clemson, Smith completed 31 of 42 passes for 401 yards, tied the record for any bowl game with six touchdown passes and also ran for another score. That after a regular season in which he set multiple school records in throwing for 4,385 yards and 31 TDs as the Mountaineers finished 10-3.
Next up is the transition from the Big East to the Big 12, where West Virginia is expected to compete for a title right away.
"I think we're excited, but I think we're going about business as usual,'' Smith said. "We're going to make sure we focus in and don't leave any stones unturned this season because we believe we have a shot at the national title.''
With the change in leagues comes concern about how West Virginia will handle the longer travel to away games and playing three games in the potential heat of Oklahoma and Texas. In the past, some road Big East trips were done by bus.
Not anymore. The Mountaineers' shortest trip to a Big 12 school is 870 miles one way to play Iowa State.
"Travel is going to be different for us,'' Smith said. "It's going to be a long grind, but we're prepared for it.''
Two coaches with plenty of Big 12 experience will help ease the transition.