Game week is back, and up next for West Virginia is James Madison, an FCS school with a very strong history in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The team's biggest claim to fame on the national stage was beating Virginia Tech two years ago, 21-16 to stun the Hokies.
Dana Holgorsen said today he'll likely throw something into the team's highlight tape from that upset as motivation...but he generally expects his team will be ready.
"(We'll) probably have something on the highlight tape that references it," he said. "We did last year when we played Norfolk State. That’s what everybody references. It’s happening more and more. Back when Appalachian State beat Michigan, that was the talk of the year. That’s happening pretty much every week now.
"We’re going to be ready to play, motivated to play and will be talking about us for this Saturday night."
Here's some footage from YouTube to refresh your memory on that game.
Holgorsen spoke highly of Mickey Matthews and the Dukes,
"They’re a very sound football team. Mickey Matthews has done a heck of a job over there in his 13, 14 years that he’s been over there. Just getting to know a lot more aobut the program that he’s built. Thye do a good job recruiting, coaching, they’ve got the best facilities in the FCS. They’re in the talent rich state of Virginia and it shows…they have good players."
He basically said what the Dukes do on offense, defense and special teams comes back to one major theme: they're fundamentally sound.
"Their technique is tremendous. Offensively they don’t turn the ball over very much, try to control the game defensively. Sound tacklers, play with tremendous effort and they don’t schematically do anything that’s risky," said Holgorsen.