MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia almost certainly could have used an extra week or so or another game or two to prepare before having to travel to Norman, Okla., to face No. 16 Oklahoma Saturday night in the Big 12 opener.
Then again, what's an extra week? Or a month?
"I've been asked a lot if I'm excited about playing Oklahoma in Week 2 or if I'd rather play them Week 12,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday. "The truth is I'd rather play them never because they're pretty good. I don't know if it really matters, to be honest with you.''
Holgorsen, of course, was in Norman a few times while coaching at Texas Tech, so he knows what to expect.
"It's Oklahoma. The atmosphere is rowdy and it's loud,'' he said. "The people are right on top of you. They're a lot like Oklahoma State's venue. They have a winning tradition. We respect our opponent just like we always do, and we'll go to Norman and try to win.''
While Holgorsen has been there, though, none of his players have. The last time West Virginia played in Norman was 1982. In fact, for many on the traveling squad - freshmen, junior college transfers - this will be their first trip to any road venue.
"I'll do my best with explaining to the guys exactly what to expect,'' Holgorsen said. "It's my job to prepare them, to not only tell them what they're doing on all sides of the ball, but also this is a new experience for about 35 guys who will be traveling with us to Norman.
"That's a lot of inexperience, but we won't let them use it as an excuse. We didn't let them use [inexperience] as an excuse last week. We'll do our best to help them understand how we travel and what to expect in Norman."
After having time to digest it more, what was Holgorsen's ultimate conclusion about Saturday's 24-17 win over William & Mary?