West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen met with the media for the final time before tomorrow night’s Orange Bowl matchup with Clemson. Holgorsen said his team has managed to find that difficult balance of enjoying the South Florida experience while preparing for a BCS game.
“We’re trying to make this as much like a game week as we possibly can,” Holgorsen said. “That’s hard and that’s the challenge of a Bowl game, but I think our guys have done a great job of focusing in when it’s time to meet, focusing in when it’s time to practice, and we have one more day which we’re going to try to make exactly like we do a day before a game, what we’ve done the last 12 games.”
The long layoff preparing for a bowl game is always a concern to coaches. Hoglorsen noted the difficulty of not over doing things.
“The other 12 games that we played all year, we had one week to prepare for a game. So this situation here, we didn’t want to have to practice 15 days to get ready for a game. That’s just not how we feel like it should be done. So we’ve taken about a game week and probably about a half of a game week. If anything we’ve over prepared, and now it’s to the point where we’ve just got to get to the game and put them in position to make plays, and hopefully that will happen.”
Tomorrow night’s game officially kicks off at 8:38 on ESPN.