In the meantime, Smith isn't being pressured much and his receivers have time to beat the coverage while Smith has time to find the open receiver.
"We'll change things from week to week formation wise and movement wise, but we're a routine group, a routine-based, repetition-based offense," West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "We're not going to get too far from what we do and what's been effective.
"At the same time, the more you change the looks, the more it keeps the defense where they don't get comfortable."
Here's the trick about this possible leverage: There is no trick. WVU was already using the formation with the running back or running backs, and is still doing the same now, even as a complement to the five-receiver set.
Either way, the routes are the same, even with five receivers. There's nothing new to learn. The personnel is different, but the outside receivers are still outside receivers and the inside receivers are still inside receivers.
The one change is Bailey moving inside, but he learned that position first with Holgorsen last year before moving outside and mastering that.
Holgorsen's offense is simple and guided by a simple principle: If it works, keep doing it. The five-receiver set is working and it doesn't cause problems when WVU prepares.
The problem resides on the other side of the ball. It's about how a team quickly adapts to Bailey on the inside and addresses the reality the defense can't double-team or pay especially close attention to both Austin and Bailey without opening up the outside for big gains.
"It gives them something else to think about," Dawson said. "There were probably a lot of factors why we went that route, but probably, in my opinion, none of them had as much to do with it as moving Stedman around."
This is all especially important as WVU gets deeper into the schedule and teams get more familiar with the Mountaineers, what they do this season and what Holgorsen has done in the past.
Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma run variations of the Air Raid offense, with Holgorsen working at Oklahoma State and with Mike Leach at Texas Tech after Leach had been the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma.
Kansas State and Iowa State have sound defenses and good defensive coaches - including Cyclones Coach Paul Rhoads, who WVU fans remember from coaching up Pitt's defense in the 13-9 upset in 2007.
Little advantages can be big bonuses and the Mountaineers won't feel sorry.
"No, I don't actually," Smith said. "I know they're going to come up with some crazy schemes we've got to prepare for. I'm pretty sure they'll watch the film and say, 'They've got weapons everywhere and a quarterback who can make all the throws. We've got to prepare for everything.' "