But if Cincinnati also wins, all three teams will be tied and that 1-1 head-to-head mark sends the issue to the BCS standings. And the Mountaineers seem fairly safe in assuming they would be the highest-ranked of the three in the BCS standings. They are the only Big East team ranked in either of the polls used in the BCS formula (No. 23 last week in the coaches poll and No. 24 in the Harris poll) and will likely be stronger or fairly even in the computer ratings.
Of course, none of this is new to West Virginia's players and coaches, just as it was not new last week.
"I'm sure that was in the back of everybody's mind because everybody reads [media accounts] and watches TV and understands the situation,'' Holgorsen said. "But the only thing we can do is focus on what we did.
"Now we've got another big game [Thursday]. We can't control what Cincinnati does or any of that, so we're not going to talk about it. We're just going to worry about winning at South Florida.''
The team that earns the BCS berth will almost certainly end up in the Orange Bowl against the winner of the ACC title game (Virginia Tech or Clemson). If West Virginia doesn't get the BCS berth, the Mountaineers are likely to end up in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27 in Charlotte.
That's the same game WVU played in against Virginia as the Continental Tire Bowl and North Carolina as the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
After beating Pitt, though, Holgorsen was trying to be upbeat no matter where his team winds up.
"It was our eighth win and we've got a chance to get to nine,'' Holgorsen said. "We're going to play in a bowl game and all bowl games are fun. So we'll let all that sort itself out and try to win the bowl game and get to 10. That's what our goal is, which would be a pretty good season."
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.