"We do it every week anyway, but they're in the same boat,'' Holgorsen said Tuesday. "I've watched a couple of their [games on TV] here and I can call out about 90 percent of their plays. So I'd assume that's something that's on their mind as well as it is on our mind. We've got to be careful what we do from both an offensive standpoint and a defensive standpoint.''
Changing signals, though, is no big deal. Most teams go into a game with multiple ways of signaling and calling things and can - and sometimes do - change during games. This time, though, neither team can revert to an old set of signals, but instead will have to come up with something new.
That's in stark contrast to that other issue, which is preparing and running scout teams. In many ways, both teams could almost do without scout teams this week, although neither will. West Virginia, for instance, could simply run its No. 1 offense against its starting or second-team defense and its defense against the starters or backups on offense and still get a good feel for what Oklahoma State will do.
And some of that will go on this week, probably on both campuses. But they won't just line up good against good and let them have at it for two or three days.
"We will, but not exclusively,'' Holgorsen said of practicing the starting units against one another. "There are always going to be slight differences. And we can't just sit here and pound on each other, either, for a whole week. ... We will go good-on-good some, one because it makes sense and two because we're able to.''
BRIEFLY: Holgorsen seemed to indicate Tuesday that Ivan McCartney's spot in the starting lineup in place of Stedman Bailey last weekend against Texas Christian was not because of any lingering injury to Bailey.
"He played better all week,'' Holgorsen said.
Bailey didn't make an appearance on offense until several series had passed and ended up with two catches for 30 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown in overtime. He now has 61 catches for 830 yards and 15 touchdowns, putting him among the national leaders in all those categories. McCartney, meanwhile, caught one pass for 10 yards to boost his season totals to nine catches for 112 yards and no scores.
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