It's not that Holgorsen and the Mountaineers don't want to push the tempo, but while using three different, inexperienced starting quarterbacks in the first five games - not to mention an entirely different group of skill-position players from a year ago - just executing the offense has been a challenge.
Florida State transfer Clint Trickett gets his second start tonight and perhaps that will help. But the fact remains that Baylor is far more polished on offense than West Virginia and will score some points. Can WVU's defense limit the Bears enough that the Mountaineer offense can make it a game?
That Baylor is a four-touchdown favorite seems to indicate most think not.
For Baylor, the notoriety over its offensive production has been considerable. It's the task of coach Art Briles to see to it that his players don't buy into the hype over a 70-point-per-game offense. The truth is, Baylor hasn't even played a game in two weeks and has played just one in the last four, the result of an odd schedule that included two off weeks in September.
"Quite honestly we haven't even paid any attention to that,'' Briles said of the lofty offensive rankings. "And I can say that with a straight face because we understand where we're at in our season. We understand we're 0-0 in conference play, and we've played one game in the last 27 days. So we've kind of been just sitting on the outside looking in for the last three or four weeks. We feel like we've just got to get on the field and try to continue the little bit of momentum we had created earlier.
"We look at it like we're at point zero. If we look up in seven or eight weeks and we're still rolling on both sides, then we'll be feeling pretty good about where we're at.''
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