U is beyond the norm.
The Cougars have a new head coach in Paul Wulff, a WSU graduate who spent the previous 15 seasons at Eastern Washington, the last eight as head coach.
The Cougars have a new co-defensive coordinators in Chris Ball, previously the secondary coach at Pittsburgh, and Jody Sears, who was Wulff's defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington.
This meant the Cowboys studied the defensive schemes of three programs — WSU, Pitt and Eastern Washington — to prep for Saturday.
"Between the three of them, we've practiced quite a bit of stuff the last two months,” OSU co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer said. "Good thing we opened up with them because if we played them in the second game, we wouldn't have had as much time to prepare for them.”
There also are unknowns with the Cowboys.
How good their defense will be has pretty much been an unknown this entire millennium.
Who will be calling OSU's offensive plays wasn't known until Monday's media luncheon, when Gundy revealed he would be calling the shots, not Brewer or co-coordinator Trooper Taylor.
"It's fun for me,” Gundy said. "The reason I'm involved more is because it's what I like to do.”
Gundy has yet to choose between Alex Cate and Brandon Weeden for the backup quarterback and won't do so until Saturday, if necessary.
Asked if he was playing mind games in not revealing who would call plays and the back-up quarterback, Gundy shrugged and said, "There's nothing to hide, plus he (Wulff) doesn't care who our backup quarterback is.”
It's easy to keep secrets from someone you've never met.
"I don't know anything about him,” Gundy said of Wulff.