MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - If all goes according to Coach Dana Holgorsen's plans, Saturday's Gold-Blue Game will go fast - and not just because he's indifferent toward the whole spring game experience.
"I would challenge you to find one coach across the country that gets a kick out of the spring game," the West Virginia coach said.
No, Holgorsen, who will be in charge of his first spring game before his second season, wants to see his offense go quickly and challenge the defense to keep pace.
He also wants to see his offense slow it down.
And to change speeds to keep the defense off balance and keep personnel on the field that would be at a disadvantage against the hurrying offense.
"The good ones can do that," Holgorsen said. "The ones that just go fast all the time probably hurt themselves more than they help themselves."
The 6 p.m. structured scrimmage at Mountaineer Field will see the offense go against the defense and the first teams go against the second teams before those lineups become quickly distorted.
No matter who is on the field, Holgorsen and his defensive coaches want to see the offense and defenses go fast and slow and mix things up without any side effects. That means keeping packages on the field and substituting players on both sides of the ball, but also working hard to create advantages on offense and avoiding those dilemmas on defense.
As fast as WVU's offense wants to play to be successful, the defense has to be up to speed. It begins Saturday and will be a key going forward into the school's first season in the quick Big 12 Conference.
"If you look at the Big 12 offenses and how many snaps you play a game, there were times last year we played 100 snaps in a game," said WVU first-year defensive coordinator Joe DeForest, who was a defensive assistant the previous 11 seasons in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State.
The ordinary pace of a game, especially with the recent clock rules designed to make the game faster, doesn't accommodate 100 snaps per game. The offenses push and try to hurry from the end of one play to the beginning of the next.
"You've got to be cognizant of when the offenses is subbing and when they're not. Are they on their hash or our hash?" DeForest said. "You do what you have to do."