TALE OF THE TAPE

College Football Week 5: #25 Baylor At #9 West Virginia

#25 Baylor
#9 West Virginia
(photo credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Coaching
Now in his fifth season at Baylor, Art Briles must show that Robert Griffin III was not the sole reason for the Bears’ resurgence. The schedule has been light so far, but last week’s win over Louisiana-Monroe shouldn’t be overlooked.
Winner Dana Holgorsen has West Virginia fans optimistic about their move to the Big 12. It will get its first conference test on Saturday against a ranked Baylor squad
Offense
The Bears are averaging 51 points and 568 yards per game. Nick Florence has done one heck of an RG3 impression: only four quarterbacks have thrown for more yards this year.
Winner Geno Smith is at the top of many Heisman lists and rightfully so—he’s the second-highest rated passer in the country. Senior speedster Tavon Austin had 13 catches for 179 yards and three touchdowns last week.
Defense
What prevented Baylor from being a truly great team last year was its defense, and the results in 2012 have been underwhelming. The Bears have the eighth-worst defense in the country, giving up 492 yards per game.
Winner Maryland moved the ball against West Virginia last week but the Mountaineers did force three turnovers. That will be key for a group that is still trying to establish itself.
Special Teams
Winner Baylor’s kicking and punting have been very good, as expected, but the Bears are still looking for some big plays in the return game.
West Virginia hasn’t had to kick or punt much this season, but considering its offensive firepower its return game has been disappointing.

The Winner Is

Winner #9 West Virginia
3 out of 4

West Virginia should win its first game as a member of the Big 12 in what figures to be a high-scoring affair in Morgantown.

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