MORGANTOWN — This is the week that the two new kids on the Big 12 block square off.
For No. 23 West Virginia (5-2, 2-2 Big 12), a 3 p.m. game Saturday at Mountaineer Field against TCU (5-3, 2-3) is yet another in a series of new experiences against new opponents.
For the Horned Frogs, though, facing a new opponent is a bit different, even though it's their first season in the Big 12.
TCU isn't playing entirely new teams week in and week out. The school was a longtime member of the Southwest Conference, which included all of the current Big 12 teams except West Virginia, and TCU has continued to play many of them periodically as non-conference foes.
"Everybody's a new opponent for us,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday. "[The Big 12] is probably a little bit more familiar for TCU's players because they grew up with a lot of the kids that are playing in the Big 12, where it's a little different for us being a complete outsider.
"From a coaching standpoint we understand what it is. But from a player standpoint and a program standpoint we're learning more about the Big 12 each and every week.''
What the Mountaineers have learned the last two weeks, of course, is that the Big 12 can be brutal.
After beginning the season 5-0 and climbing to No. 5 in the national polls, West Virginia was outscored 108-24 by Texas Tech and Kansas State.
Holgorsen, though, would prefer to look at his team's record on the whole and not just in a two-week window. On the whole, 5-2 and a spot in the Top 25 isn't bad.
"There's a whole bunch of good 5-2 football teams out there,'' Holgorsen said. "Just because we've dropped the last two doesn't mean we're a bad football team.''
Here's something that Big 12 teams over the years probably never expected to be concerned with as they prepared for a game: The effects of a hurricane hitting the Atlantic coast.
But with West Virginia a travel destination now, it's a concern for TCU.