What will be interesting to watch, though, is WVU's run game. It seems Dana Holgorsen has been trying to set up the pass by establishing the run, rather than vice versa.
It seems odd considering Holgorsen's "Air Raid" offense. But one man believes it's the right way to go. His name: former Mountaineer coach Don Nehlen.
"You'd better be able to run the football and play defense," Nehlen said this week. "When you're in this kind of weather, you have to. Look at the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens [of the NFL]. They're all similar.
"If you have a great quarterback, naturally you're going to throw the ball. But all of those teams try to run. If all you can do is throw the ball in this weather, that's a problem."
Nehlen pointed to the philosophies of Michigan's Bo Schembechler and Ohio State's Woody Hayes. He pointed to that of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, whose father Jack coached under Schembechler. In the 49ers' last game, against Arizona, Harbaugh said his team needed to do three things: run, play stout defense and win the turnover battle.
"If you can do that," Nehlen said, "you're going to win. If you can run the football, you'll be able to pass."
That's where the breakdown takes a turn toward TCU. In sum, the Horned Frogs have been the Big 12's best against the run, allowing but 98.9 yards per game.
The crack of light for WVU? Oklahoma State had 147 rushing yards in last week's victory.
If the Mountaineers can get anywhere near the production of the Texas game from Andrew Buie, they'll be in fine shape. Perhaps Shawne Alston will return and provide a lift.
Whatever the case, the Vegas oddsmakers seem more correct heading into this game than WVU's prior two.
The Mountaineers were a 4-point favorite at Texas Tech and a 3-point favorite against Kansas State. But both were blowouts in favor of WVU's opponent.
West Virginia's 6 1/2-point spot over TCU seems just about right.
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