Against North Texas, KSU won 35-21; against Oklahoma 24-19; and against Iowa State 27-21.
Saturday's game in Morgantown seriously sets up as a battle between Snyder's old school of discipline and Holgorsen's new school of Red Bull.
West Virginia's Holgorsen, probably not by design, has had to place all his chips on the Mountaineer offense. And up to last Saturday's meltdown in Lubbock, the plan was working. The offense had flash. Quarterback Geno Smith remains the country's leading contender for the Heisman Trophy.
But there was last Saturday's collapse against Texas Tech. And many are looking to Joe DeForest, WVU's associate head coach/defensive coordinator in charge of safeties. He's also been hailed as a guru of special teams after coaching 2008 Ray Guy Award winning punter Matt Fodge and 2010 Lou Groza Award winning kicker Dan Bailey at Oklahoma State.
Many are looking to DeForest because if there's one phrase that covers WVU's defense and special teams this season, it would be "lack of discipline."
Meanwhile, Snyder's teams are all about discipline. In regard to special teams, Kansas State is statistically better than West Virginia in every single major NCAA category. In total defense, the Wildcats are No. 42, while the Mountaineers are No. 114 of 120.
"They are probably the most disciplined team I have seen in a long time on all three sides of the ball," said Holgorsen. "They are extremely disciplined. They don't make mistakes on any side of the ball."
As a kicker, Kansas State is No. 2 nationally in this stat: fewest penalties per game. While WVU is also respectable there, at No. 20, the Wildcats are averaging just three penalties a game.
When the Wildcats hit Morgantown, the Mountaineers will be facing a very disciplined team. No Bull.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.