The Red Raiders are the better team, but probably not by much. The ebb and flow of Saturday's game in front of 54,084 at Mountaineer Field occurs when a pair of average to better-than-average teams meet. There is some good, bad and ugly.
WVU's first four Big 12 games have come against nationally ranked teams: Baylor (ranked No. 6 in Sunday's Associated Press Top 25), Texas Tech (now No. 10), Oklahoma (No. 17) and Oklahoma State (No. 19).
The Red Raiders could be set up like the 2012 Mountaineers. WVU was already in the top 10 when it won at Texas to start the season at 5-0, but it was all downhill from there. West Virginia is 5-10 since beating the Longhorns.
Texas Tech sandwiches the two most difficult road games the Big 12 has to offer - at Oklahoma and at Texas - around a trio of home games. Two of those games Texas Tech gets to host are against preseason Big 12 favorite Oklahoma State and one of the nation's hottest teams, Baylor.
The Red Raiders are more likely to scuffle to an 8-4 finish than crash the BCS. If that happens, Texas Tech will finish 5-4 and possibly join the Mountaineers in the middle of the pack in the Big 12.
WVU's lighter schedule, however, offers few guarantees. Holgorsen's Mountaineers have lost six of their last seven games outside of the Mountain State. Three of the final five games are on the road, so West Virginia needs to break serve somewhere to even get bowl eligible - and that assumes home wins against Texas and Iowa State.
Things are certainly much different right now for the protege and the mentor. In the moments after Saturday's game, the two shook hands at midfield. Holgorsen hustled to the Puskar Center, then watched from behind the glass as Texas Tech celebrated.
Kingsbury jogged toward the visiting team tunnel, smiled and waved at the Texas Tech crowd. He pumped his fist and embraced the adulation. Right now, he is perfect.
Holgorsen knows from experience -- that doesn't last.