But, what West Virginia cannot anticipate is a bunch of soft defenses during its first trip through this nine-game Big 12 schedule.
Holgorsen isn't the only one on this staff with ties to the league. They know what they're getting into in the program's inaugural season.
"Every day is the hardest game you'll ever play," said Joe DeForest, WVU's defensive coordinator who spent 2001-2011 as a defensive assistant in the Big 12 with Oklahoma State.
"You can't let up. It's nonstop. Every team is an attacking team and you as a defense have to be ready each and every play. They're so explosive.
"You look at the Big 12 defenses and everybody says they don't play defense in the Big 12. They play defense in the Big 12, it's just a matter of offenses you're playing aren't the ones you are playing in the SEC or the Big Ten.
"It's wide open and it's guys in space making or missing tackles."
The SEC's trademark is its defense, and like the Big 12 with offense, the league has six representatives in the top 25 in total defense. But, among the top 15 total defenses this season, Alabama is No. 3, LSU is No. 4 and erstwhile Big 12 member Texas A&M is No. 12.
The Big 12, however, has four teams in the top 15 in total defense: Texas Tech (No. 1), TCU (No. 9), Iowa State (No. 14) and Oklahoma (No. 15).
It's doubtful those defensive numbers will hold once Big 12 offenses continue to rack up numbers in conference play, but it underscores the point that this isn't a one-dimensional league. The offenses are simply so good that even deep and talented defenses can fall victim.
That's something WVU and its fan base will likely learn this Saturday.
"I can't wait," WVU senior offensive lineman Joe Madsen said. "It's a new experience, new game, new people. I think we are going to go out there and play our best, and hopefully we have a good time and play our hearts out.
"It's a special thing. I hope we bring this conference a lot of great things."