Sat 9/29/12 12:00 PM
Maryland 31-21 W
ULM W 47-42
Series: First Meeting
First Meeting: 2012
Last Meeting: 2012
Who is the only WVU player to participate in every offensive snap this year? See the end of this column for the answer.
SWEEPING THE FIELD
All 19 of Baylor's sports teams reached postseason play, and the four major sports (football, men's and women's basketball and baseball) combined to set an all-time NCAA mark with a 129-28 combined record. The Bears dominated competition against in-state foes in the four major sports, combining for a 45-7 record against Texas teams. And, you may have heard of a couple of Bears who took home best in sport honors – quarterback Robert Griffin III and center Brittney Griner.
Both Baylor and West Virginia have explosive offenses and are placed high among the nation's leaders in several offensive categories. The Bears rank fifth nationally in both scoring offense at 51.3 points per game and passing offense at 352.5 yards per game, sixth in total offense at 568.7 yards per game and 14th in passing efficiency at 169.9, while WVU is third in passing offense and sixth in passing efficiency.
However, the Bears' current scoring run may be the most impressive mark of the lot. Baylor's 7-game streak of 45+ points is the nation's longest active streak, and includes three games with 59+ points.
IS THERE A GAME ON THE FIELD?
So much attention has been placed on the obvious storyline of West Virginia's first-ever game as a member of the Big 12 that the actual game seems to be getting lost. WVU hasn't helped that angle any as it has secured country music star Trace Adkins to sing the national anthem and is promoting a "stripe the stadium" activity to get a different color look in the stands.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen has been doing his best to downplay all the hoopla, at one point saying, "We are not playing the Big 12, we are playing Baylor."
TRENDING NOON STARTS?
This is West Virginia's third consecutive home noon start – might that be a sign of things to come? As the Big 12's easternmost member, WVU is a likely candidate for that spot in many home weeks/ Other Big 12 schools, playing in the central time zone, would have to kick off at 11:00 a.m. in order to fill that spot in the broadcast schedule. While that certainly has happened in the past, those early kicks aren't favored by many coaches or schools. Add in the desire to play many September and October games in the cooler evening hours in the southwest, and it appears that the Mountaineers might be starting a number of their home games each season at high noon.
COACH TO CURE MD
This week in college football is Coach to Cure MD week. Coaching staffs nationwide will be wearing a special arm patch to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. You'll start seeing the patches on Thursday night, as every FBS school will take part in Coach to Cure MD, and both WVU and Baylor coaches will be sporting them on Saturday.
This is the fifth year of Coach to Cure MD, a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Parent Project MD. The program will top one million dollars in donations this season for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Fans are encouraged to donate five dollars by texting the word CURE to 90999, or online at CoachToCureMD.org. .
FROM THE FRONT
Under Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia plays flawlessly from the front. The Mountaineers are 5-0 in games in which they lead after the first quarter, 10-0 in games led at the half, and 10-0 in games which they led following three quarters of play.
Guard Jeff Braun has played on every one of West Virginia's 216 snaps this year. Braun has been quite effective in his time on the field, totaling 18 knockdowns to lead the team.