MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University football team last played a game 34 weeks ago, although they had 14 practices in the spring before a scrimmage ended things.
Preseason practice opened Aug. 2 with 15 days and 18 practices in camp and continued with a handful of workouts last week before the Mountaineers entered their first game week with Tuesday's practice.
Much has happened since the 70-33 Orange Bowl victory against Clemson Jan. 4 - changes to the coaching staffs, graduation and recruiting, players lost to injuries and nearly lost to academics and national rankings and rewards - but no wins or losses.
That will change in Saturday's season-opening home game against Marshall.
The 11th-ranked Mountaineers host the Thundering Herd at noon Saturday in the final game of the seven-year Coal Bowl series. The game is being televised on FX.
"I would have been ready a week ago," Holgorsen said. "We've been focusing on this team - which is our team - for a long time. It's gotten to the point where we know the lineup and what we're going to do that we probably could have done it last week and been just fine.
"I feel good about where we're at as a team and who we've got plugged in and what our schemes are."
Holgorsen, 10-3 in 2011 as the first WVU coach to win 10 games in his initial season, is confident.
He has incentive to feel that way.
After all, everything the Mountaineers did last year came in a season that began with the Marshall game that was delayed three times by weather before it was ended early in the fourth quarter.
At the end of the schedule, WVU had a third Bowl Championship Series trophy in seven years and momentum to roll into the 2012 season.
"Nobody overcame more adversity than we did last year," he said. "There was a whole bunch of stuff in a 12-month period, but I'm proud a lot of guys overcame a lot of that stuff and a lot of the components are still here."
The coaches and players successfully navigated the way Holgorsen was introduced as the coach-in-waiting and then as Bill Stewart's replacement. They had a pair of 26-point losses and a brutal snowstorm at Rutgers. They soldiered through slow starts and sometimes failed to put away opponents.