"Who knows what we're going to do offensively, right? Nobody knows for sure. We may throw something else out there that they haven't seen before,'' Holgorsen said Tuesday. "Defensively, it's widely known that we're running the 3-4 defense, but what's that mean? There may be some things we do defensively that they haven't prepared for. I'm sure that their defensive coaches have been studying football across the country for the last six or seventh months and came up with some different things that they're going to do against us.
"Nobody knows. Nobody knows going into the first game. You can assume all you want to.''
Assuming anything, though, is dangerous, so Holgorsen tries not to. More importantly, he and his staff have to prepare for the unknown as best they can, which doesn't mean preparing for anything and everything, but having the ability to adjust on the fly.
"The bigger thing for Game 1 is in-game adjustments,'' Holgorsen said. "I'm confident our coaches are going to be very aware of and alert to what is going on on the field to the point where they can see what's going on and then talk about how we need to attack it either offensively or defensively and get it communicated to our players so they can adjust what they're doing.''
Holgorsen has talked in the past of seeing opposing defenses dramatically alter their schemes without warning before playing one of Holgorsen's potent offenses. Specifically he recalls a game in 2010 when he was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator Brent Venables changed their scheme just for the Cowboys. He said it took a quarter or so, but OSU's offense adjusted.
In truth, though, there are only so many tricks out there.
"You can only put 11 guys out there, so there are only so many things you can do,'' Holgorsen said. "Five of them are going to be linemen, one of them is going to be a quarterback, a couple of them are going to be receivers and a couple of them are going to be running backs. There are only so many different things you can do.
"I don't think anybody is reinventing the game. The biggest thing is in-game adjustments after finishing out what the plan is going to be and figuring out what they're doing on all three sides of the ball.''
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