So he did just that.
"Over half of our practice [during the off week] was as if we were playing West Virginia last week,'' said Weis, who also held an unusual 5:30 a.m. practice Monday. "So I think these guys are pretty familiar with who they're playing against and I'm sure a bunch of them were sitting around Friday watching that game on TV.''
In West Virginia, though, Kansas will be facing a team that might finally be recharged and anxious to play. Again, in winning at Iowa State last Friday, the Mountaineers didn't wipe out the memories of that five-game losing skid, but they did put themselves in position to salvage the ending to the season.
They also proved that they hadn't lost faith or confidence.
"I thought we did a good job of just sticking together,'' Holgorsen said. "Obviously you hit some adversity, you stack a couple of losses up on top of each other and you can go one direction or you can go the other.
"We've got a lot of seniors on our team that it means a lot to that didn't want to go out like that, didn't want to be remembered as the team that couldn't handle the new conference or any of that. They stuck together and worked hard. Just not to fold says a lot about our football team. I'm really proud of how they fought through a bunch of adversity and said enough's enough and figured out a way to win the game.''
Still, Holgorsen can feel for what Weis and Kansas are going through. Again, the Mountaineers endured the same, just to a lesser degree.
"The biggest issue is the amount of parity that exists in the Big 12,'' Holgorsen said. "We have nine teams that are bowl eligible and eight of the nine have been ranked at one point of the season or another.
"It's probably only a matter of time before Kansas gets to the point where they're like everybody else due to the fact that they have great coaches and they're able to recruit some top-notch players across the country. A few years from now, they'll be in the same boat as everybody else.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1