WVU has its third loss earlier than any season since starting 1-3 in 2003. The Mountaineers played four ranked teams in the 2012 regular season, but the last time that happened before then was 2007.
WVU could play a fifth game against a ranked team if Texas keeps winning before traveling to Mountaineer Field on Nov. 9. The Mountaineers last played five ranked teams in the regular season in 1994, and they finished that season 7-6. WVU played five ranked teams combined in the 2009-11 seasons.
"When is this team going to get some consistency to it?" Holgorsen said. "That's the next step. We need to get a win to get to that."
The Mountaineers have a chance. At 1-2 in the Big 12 and tied for sixth with TCU in the conference standings, they play two of their final six games against teams ahead in the standings.
Those games against Texas Tech and Texas are home games.
The road games against Kansas State (3:45 p.m. on Fox Sports 1), Kansas and TCU are against teams a combined three games under .500 and 1-7 in the Big 12.
Whether WVU enjoys good fortune in the second half of the season is likely attached to whether the Mountaineers get consistent play at quarterback. They've started Paul Millard, Ford Childress and Clint Trickett two games each.
Childress and Trickett are both dealing with right arm issues. Holgorsen gave Trickett and his throwing shoulder time off last week during practices in the open week while Childress, who tore the pectoral muscle on his throwing side against Maryland, practiced more last week than he had during the two weeks following the injury.
Holgorsen said his decision about who starts against the Red Raiders will be based on this week's practices.
"They say they feel better, but feeling better and being able to go out there and throw 250 balls and run the offense is a different story," he said. "We'll see how the limb handles a full day, but we've got to get one of them to where they can take a bunch of reps in practice and take us into a game. It's not just about being able to play Saturday. It's about all the prep work that goes into that all week."
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