MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - There's really no telling what West Virginia is going to see from the Kansas offense when the two teams meet today in their Big 12 regular-season finale.
Even logic and conventional wisdom aren't good barometers where the Jayhawks are concerned.
Logic would seem to indicate that Kansas will once again try to run the football, which it has done rather consistently for the last eight games. But even then, the Jayhawks are constantly tinkering with the way they run do it.
Conventional wisdom, though, would point toward throwing the ball more. That's something coach Charlie Weis pretty much gave up on early in the season, but now he's facing the nation's worst pass defense.
The bottom line is that Kansas (1-10, 0-8 Big 12) could go in a lot of different directions in today's 2:30 p.m. game against West Virginia (6-5, 3-5) at Mountaineer Field. If history is any indication, it could be a direction the Jayhawks have not gone before.
That's just how all-over-the-map Kansas is under Weis.
"These guys do a lot of different things,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of the Jayhawks. "We don't, and a lot of teams in our conference don't.''
Indeed, while West Virginia and most other teams will make subtle, strategic changes in how they operate offensively, most don't try to reinvent themselves the way Kansas does. If a team begins the season stressing one sort of passing game or another, one running style or a good balance, that's generally what they stay with unless it is just forced by circumstance to change.
Kansas has gone from a balanced offense with a veteran quarterback (Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist) throwing the football to a run-first-and-almost-always style with redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Cummings. And if that drastic change in styles wasn't enough, the Jayhawks seem to change how they run each week - sometimes option and zone read, at other times single backs, I-formation power or a mix.