MORGANTOWN - If ever a team had a perfect opportunity to snap out of a slump, this might be it for West Virginia.
The Mountaineers had an extra week off to heal and reorganize after crushing, back-to-back losses to Texas Tech and Kansas State. They are playing at home.
TCU is struggling. The Horned Frogs have dropped three of four since losing starting quarterback Casey Pachall. They are beat up and don't get their first off week of the season until just before Thanksgiving. TCU is playing its third road game in four weeks.
"I think,'' coach Gary Patterson said, "we're a little bit of a tired football team.''
Whether any of that makes a difference, though, remains to be seen. The answer comes when No. 19 West Virginia (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) hosts TCU (5-3, 2-3) today at Mountaineer Field. The 3 p.m. game will be televised nationally by Fox.
There are plenty of issues West Virginia has had to address since Oct. 20 when Kansas State walloped the Mountaineers 55-14, and the issues are in every phase:
While all of those concerns have been addressed in practice during the past two weeks, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen also has another issue. After two disheartening losses that have taken WVU from a top-5 program with national championship aspirations to a team that isn't yet bowl eligible in November, merely keeping a positive attitude is important.
That's a tricky task with this bunch.