AUSTIN, Texas - Some of the secret to West Virginia's offensive success is to keep some things secret.
The Mountaineers aren't interested in talking about plays and packages, additions or adjustments, and they'd rather not talk about how they diagnose and dissect a team.
They look closely and try to exploit something, and for proof, look no further than last week.
WVU used its five-receiver set against Baylor, but changed things slightly by using five receivers instead of four and a running back.
On top of that, outside receiver Stedman Bailey was used as an inside receiver, something the Mountaineers did because they thought it would work against the way the Bears had defended five-receiver sets.
This week, the No. 8 Mountaineers (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) are preparing for their toughest defensive challenge of the season. No. 11 Texas (4-0, 1-0) comes into Saturday's 7 p.m. game (Fox) with a defense that has WVU's attention. Where the Mountaineers are looking, they won't share.
"You could probably say outside in," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said.
The Longhorns will take the field at Texas Memorial Stadium with two very good cornerbacks and two very good defensive linemen. The Mountaineers have not yet seen two cornerbacks as good as Carrington Byndom and Qandre Diggs and might not the rest of the season.
Then there is Alex Okafor, the preseason conference defensive player of the year, and Jackson Jeffcoat - among the top defensive end tandems in the country.
Those four solidify the outside of the Texas defense and allow the others to pay closer attention to the middle.
Yet trust that a defensive coordinator making a plan to defend the Mountaineers might use Dawson's approach. WVU has made its name on offense and built the nation's top-ranked passing offense this season by excelling on the perimeter with Bailey, J.D. Woods and Tavon Austin catching passes from Geno Smith.
It is the game's premier matchup, one team's strength against the other team's strength, where the strongest will survive.
"I think we've become the type of team that's willing to accept any challenge," Smith said. "We know that being a good offense and scoring lots of points and I guess setting a lot of records and all that, teams are going to give us their best every week. We'll take on that challenge because we don't want to have people have the thrill of saying, 'We shut down that offense.'"