The Mountaineers are coming off a loss to Texas Tech, a game in which the Mountaineers let an 11 point lead vanish in the fourth quarter.
The Mountaineers are looking to bounce back against a Kansas State team that's lost three straight games. Kansas State is coming off a bye, and they will look to get back on track against a vulnerable WVU team.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen spoke on the Big 12 teleconference about the challenge of playing in the Big 12.
"It's just every week. It doesn't matter who you're playing, Holgorsen said. "There's a challenge of not knowing opponents."
Last season the Mountaineers faced a very good Kansas State squad that had an established quarterback. Kansas State beat West Virginia, in Morgantown, in that contest. This season Kansas State is in the same boat as WVU.
"They're searching on offense, just like us," said Holgorsen. "[They're facing] the challenge of the replacing a fantastic quarterback."
The Mountaineers, all season long, have played the quarterback shuffle. Holgorsen said that given the current situation with his quarterback, Clint Trickett is the "guy."
"He's playing his best football up until this point," said Holgorsen. "He's healthy, able to take reps all week."
The will to win has been the question for the Mountaineers after letting the Texas Tech game get away from them. Holgorsen believes his players are still committed to the team despite the recent loss.
"I have not questioned our players from an effort point of view," said Holgorsen. "[But] confidence is a hard thing to build."
After being beat down by Baylor and then letting an 11 point lead slip away, it's safe to say the confidence level of the Mountaineers has been knocked down a peg. Playing a Kansas State team that hasn't found a win in three games may give the Mountaineers some confidence going into the match-up, but the Mountaineers need to close out games or they'll face similar results as last game.
"We didn't make plays in key situations, Holgorsen said. Fourth quarter was the story of all three sides of the ball, story of the game."
The Mountaineers can't underestimate Kansas State. Losing another conference game is something the Mountaineers can't afford. Holgorsen went into more detail on Kansas State during the teleconference.
"They're a team built on discipline," said Holgorsen. "They'll overachieve and play above talent level, same Bill Snyder team."
The Mountaineers will look to avenge their loss of last season by taking this one on Kansas State's home field. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 3:45 and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.