Note: This feature appears in Mountaineer Gameday in Friday editions of the Charleston Daily Mail and Charleston Gazette. Daily Mail Sports Editor Chuck McGill provides numbers and nuggets for West Virginia University's football game. This week, he breaks down Saturday's matchup between the Mountaineers and the TCU Horned Frogs. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU).
5 -- TCU knows what West Virginia is going through in the transition to the Big 12. Prior to the Horned Frogs joining the league before the 2012 season, their football program lost five games in four seasons. Since then, TCU is 10-9 overall, the same record as the Mountaineers.
6-- For the first time in the history of West Virginia's football program, the Mountaineers are underdogs for the sixth consecutive week. The database for such a dubious distinction only dates to 1985, but WVU's previous longest streak of five games, set in 1992, will be surpassed because the Mountaineers are a 13-point underdog at TCU this Saturday. This is the fourth time during the six-game streak that West Virginia is a double-digit underdog.
7.9-- The Mountaineers defense is in a three-week slump. Opposing offenses are averaging 7.9 yards per play in the last three games after allowing an average of 4.99 yards per play through the first five games.
9-- The Mountaineers 23-point loss at Kansas State last weekend was the ninth time in Dana Holgorsen's head coaching career his team had lost by at least three touchdowns. That means all but five of Holgorsen's 14 career losses have come by 21 or more points. By comparison, Bill Stewart lost by three touchdowns once in three seasons at WVU.
12-- WVU's dozen-year bowl streak is in jeopardy. If the Mountaineers lose at TCU this Saturday, they'll need to win out to become bowl eligible. The Mountaineers will likely be underdogs for a seventh consecutive game against league unbeaten Texas on Nov. 9, but then get struggling programs Kansas and Iowa State to close the regular season. A win over TCU gives the Mountaineers a much better shot at playing in late December.
22-- This number is not trending the right way for the Mountaineers. In WVU's five losses this season, the Mountaineers have been defeated by an average of 22 points. In six losses last season, the Mountaineers lost by an average of 20.5 points per game.
74-- As in 1974. That year, WVU lost four consecutive games, just as it did the year before. That is the last time the Mountaineers have lost four consecutive games in back-to-back seasons. It could happen this Saturday with a loss to TCU.
West Virginia lost five in a row last season and Dana Holgorsen's team is on a three-game skid. The coach of the 73-74 teams, by the way, was Bobby "Dadgum" Bowden.
150-- WVU's point differential at home is plus-40 points: wins over William & Mary, Georgia State and Oklahoma State, and a loss to Texas Tech. In four games away from home, West Virginia's point differential is minus-110 points - a 150-point swing.
158-- The Mountaineers defense has allowed 158 more yards in the past three games than it did in the first five games combined. Opposing offenses have combined to accumulate 1,885 yards of total offense the past three games. WVU allowed 1,727 through the first five games.
300-- West Virginia quarterbacks combined to throw for 264 yards last week against Kansas State. WVU is 2-0 this season when its QBs combined for 300-plus passing yards; 1-5 when they do not. In Dana Holgorsen's time at WVU, the Mountaineers are 12-5 when throwing for 300-plus yards and 8-9 when falling short of that number.