Holgorsen, though, doesn't think that will be a huge issue.
"I guess we should forfeit,'' he said sarcastically. "But every bowl game I've ever been to has been different from a practice standpoint, a weather standpoint, all of that. You never know how things are going to work out.
"It's not ideal, but we'll be fine.''
In an effort to put an even more positive spin on the lack of practice, defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said it could actually be a benefit. He wouldn't want to try something like this in, say, September or October, but at the end of December, why not?
"These guys have been going at it hard since the first of August. You can only take so much pounding,'' said Patterson, who was elevated to his coordinator position at the end of the regular season. "The whole schedule is so fractured anyway with finals and the break and all of that. I think it could actually be a help.''
The bottom line, though, is that West Virginia has to deal with the schedule. The team will practice today outside at Fordham no matter the weather, then have a walk-through on Friday and the game on Saturday. It's a far cry from the week the team spent in South Florida a year ago leading up to the Orange Bowl, but that's just the way it is.
"We won't use it as an excuse,'' Holgorsen said. "We got a lot of work done in Morgantown [before the Christmas break]. We'll be fine.''
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