The Mountaineers have dropped three games in a row and now find themselves in a deep hole. An overall record of 3-5 and a conference record of 1-4 does not meet the expectations of WVU Head Coach, Dana Holgorsen.
When a team performs so poorly, all the fingers start pointing at the one in charge. Mountaineer Head Coach, Dana Holgorsen, is certainly taking the heat as his team's season is in great jeopardy.
The team continues to struggle on the offensive side of the ball, even though Holgorsen is known to be an offensive guru. This season the Mountaineer's offense hasn't shown their capable of being a consistent solid offensive unit.
"Is this winning football on offense, no it is not," said Holgorsen. "I take full responsibility for that."
Holgorsen recognizes that after losing so many talented players from last season, it's hard to adjust to having new players all around.
"It's been challenging," Holgorsen said. "[I've] never dealt with this before."
Having to adjust to new faces in the system isn't the only thing that's been hard for the Mountaineers. Holgorsen continues to preach about how difficult it is to adjust to the Big 12.
"It's going to take some time to adjust to the Big 12," said Holgorsen.
Despite this season being the Mountaineer's second year in the Big 12, Holgorsen claims that the transition from Big East competition to Big 12 competition hasn't been made in full. He doesn't buy into the fact that they aren't well prepared for their Big 12 match-ups either.
"There's not a whole lot of a secret when preparing for teams," said Holgorsen.
Some may question that after seeing how lousy the Mountaineers have performed against Big 12 teams. Having only one win in the conference seems to put things into perspective.
Another Big 12 match-up is on the horizon, and the Mountaineers will be entering this game against TCU as an underdog. Holgorsen believes that all you can do is take it a step at a time.
"Our focus right now is improving every week," said Holgorsen.
Looking forward to the next game is the Mountaineers only focus. Dwelling on these losses will only make matters worse for WVU as they finish out the season. If they can stay focused, maybe they can pick up a few more Big 12 wins along the way.
The Mountaineers are in the process of rebuilding and are searching for an identity as a team. The Mountaineers may take this down season to really evaluate where they stand and look at the pieces they have. Perhaps next season the pieces fall into place, and the Mountaineers can establish themselves as a legitimate contender in the Big 12 conference.