MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia has the fourth-best passing offense in college football and the best in the Big East.
Quarterback Geno Smith leads the league in passing yards per game and is No. 5 nationally.
Six players in the nation average more total offense per game than the junior from Miramar, Fla.
Of all those facts, it's the fact that he has more time in Dana Holgorsen's system that matters most to the WVU coach.
"He's a great player, but he's going to continue to get better and better over this next year-and-a-half to the point that you'll see a finished product," Holgorsen said. "Right now, you're not looking at a finished product."
Given Smith's success and his legitimate chance to set WVU's single-season and career records for attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns, it's difficult to envision Smith making such dramatic strides.
Yet it's real and Holgorsen, who often points to his past successes as an offensive coordinator, doesn't need to look too far back to explain why.
Holgorsen mentored Houston quarterback Case Keenum and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. Both have better completion percentages and passing efficiency ratings.
Both are ranked higher in passing yards per game and total offense per game. Both lead offenses that rank higher in passing, total and scoring offense.
"They've taken more snaps in the system," Holgorsen said. "When I left Houston and Oklahoma State, they kept the same system for a reason. They have the same guy doing the same system, Case for four years now and Brandon for two years now. You're seeing some pretty good football out of those guys. They're both 6-0 and they're playing at a very high rate. We're 5-1 and we're not playing at that rate right now offensively."
Holgorsen and his coaches have spoken during their open week in a way that attempts to quiet the excitement about the accomplishments on offense so far this season. It's not that they don't share some of the optimism and satisfaction about what the Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Big East) have done, but they know nothing right now is what it can eventually be later this season and then even later in the time spent together.
Time matters to what the Mountaineers do on offense.