MORGANTOWN - Geno Smith had enough time to watch only a little film on Clemson, learn a few basics about the plays and the players on defense and see that the Tigers wear Orange.
None of that mattered to West Virginia's quarterback as he dug in to prepare for the Jan. 4 Orange Bowl against the ACC champion.
"LSU is as good as it gets," Smith said. "There's no better test than the No. 1 team in the country."
No. 14 Clemson (10-3) isn't as stubborn on defense and ranks No. 80 in rush defense, No. 39 in pass defense, No. 57 in pass efficiency defense, No. 59 in total defense and No. 62 in scoring defense.
The Tigers allowed more than 250 yards passing five times and at least 315 yards twice. They allowed multiple touchdown passes five times and three touchdown passes four times.
"You never know," Smith said. "We played well against LSU and we haven't played well against a couple teams. You might say they're not as good, but it's going to come down to how we prepare and what we do down on the field."
Smith earned All-Big East first team honors during his junior season. He has completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,978 yards, 25 touchdowns and just interceptions. He was ranked No. 9 nationally in total offense and helped No. 23 WVU (9-3) finish No. 7 in passing offense, No. 17 in total offense and No. 19 in scoring offense.
He did a lot of his damage that one late September night against the top-ranked Tigers, who play No. 2 Alabama for the national championship Jan. 9.
Smith was 38-for-65 for a school-record 463 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers finished No. 2 in total defense and scoring defense, No. 3 in pass efficiency defense and No. 9 in pass defense. Smith passed for nearly three times the 166.6 yards the Tigers allowed per game.
"It's all about matchups and I feel like we match up with those guys," Smith said. "I feel we match up with pretty much anybody because of the versatility we have. The guys we have do different things and bring different elements to the game."
Smith's receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey had unmatched success against LSU and cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne, who were All-SEC first team picks. Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Claiborne was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.
Austin had personal-best totals of 11 receptions for 187 yards and Bailey added a career-high eight receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.