Smith thinks perhaps that's true.
"But you have to find ways to fight through that,'' he said. "Every game is not going to be as [smooth] as you want it to be, everything going in your favor - balls being caught, incredible one-handed catches, great blocking, backs hitting the holes.
"Everyone has bad days. The thing I think we need to do is stay the course and not let [failure] seep into our minds.''
Again, that doesn't address more specific, concrete issues like injuries or blocking or simply making the pass-and-catch plays. Those have to be worked on, of course. And it doesn't take into account that the defenses WVU has played the past two games are far better than those it faced before.
But all of that tends to be mitigated by enjoying the kind of early success West Virginia enjoyed on offense earlier in the season. The importance of simply getting on a roll can't be overstated.
The trick is having that early success. Against Baylor and Texas, the offense had the ball 25 times (excluding clock-running possessions to end each game) and scored 18. Throw in two missed field goals and two fumbles and there were only three possessions in those two games in which the offense actually failed to move the ball.
In the last two games, the offense has had 22 possessions and failed to score on 19. It is snowballing in the wrong direction. Each time the offense fails, it plants another seed of failure.
So what to do? Well, starting faster would be good. And when there are failures, they can't snowball into more failures.
"It's an experience thing. You can't coach that,'' Smith said. "One thing you can't coach is composure. And that goes not just for one person or four or five people on the team, but the entire team.
"The key thing for us is not to worry about circumstances or who we play or what they do in the sense of them throwing us off. We have to stay on track, on a steady pace.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1.