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PREVIEW: West Virginia has tall task to compete in Big 12

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Chasing a Big 12 championship will be a tall order for West Virginia unless Dana Holgorsen can do some patchwork on both sides of the ball.

The Mountaineers' third-year coach hopes a group of transfers can help shore up big holes on offense and improve a defense that was one of the nation's worst last year.

West Virginia is coming off a disappointing 7-6 season that included a five-game losing streak and isn't considered to be a contender for a Big 12 championship in its second year in the conference.

With only three returning starters on offense, the Mountaineers will be challenged to continue a streak of 11 consecutive seasons of playing in a bowl game.

West Virginia opens the season at home Aug. 31 against William & Mary.

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