FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — When TCU and West Virginia became the newcomers of the Big 12 last season, both were coming off consecutive championships in their previous conferences.
Forget a Big 12 title for now. The Horned Frogs and Mountaineers are fighting for the chance just to have a winning season.
Both take a 3-5 record into their second meeting as Big 12 foes Saturday. Each is also 1-4 in conference play.
"The Big 12 is challenging, as we are figuring out," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said.
And that has certainly has changed the goals for each team this season. Just to get the six wins needed for bowl eligibility, TCU and WVU both would have to win three of their last four games. They have to go undefeated down the stretch to guarantee a winning season.
Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson this week talked about preparing for a series of "four one-day seasons" rather than his team looking at the final month as a whole.
"The tweak went from trying to win the conference title to trying to get to a bowl game," Patterson said. "Right now, we just have to win one. If we win one, then we have to win two."
TCU, which lost two in a row, has never had a three-game losing streak in Patterson's 13 seasons. The only time the Frogs finished with a losing record in that span was at 5-6 in 2004.
Before the move to the Big 12, TCU had won three consecutive Mountain West titles without a conference loss in that span.
West Virginia, which won or shared in the last two Big East titles before switching leagues, hasn't had a losing season since going 3-8 in 2001. The Mountaineers have a three-game losing streak, and now have to use bowl eligibility as motivation.
"I feel like we have a lot to play for. I think the players feel like they have a lot to play for," Holgorsen said. "What we do matters and we have an obligation to put our best foot forward, get out there, practice hard and put our best foot forward on Saturday."
Here are five things to know when West Virginia travels to TCU for the first time: