MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - If Baylor's almost surrealistic performance against West Virginia Saturday night did nothing else, it provoked a couple of legitimate debates.
From West Virginia's point of view, the question arises - again - about whether the Mountaineers are really that bad. Unlike the discussion of the first few weeks of the season, however, now WVU's defense is involved.
As for Baylor, well, the talking points are the same. Is this team really that good?
A 73-42 rout in which the Bears gained 864 yards and could have scored 100 and gained 1,000 will do that.
Let's be honest here, though. It's not as groundbreaking as it's being made out to be. After all, weren't these the same questions being asked after last year's WVU-Baylor game? Of West Virginia?
"I saw it a few games out of us last year,'' Dana Holgorsen said. "What they did to us Saturday is what we did to them last year offensively.''
Indeed, Baylor's 73 points and 864 yards weren't much different than WVU's 70 and 807 in a 70-63 win in Morgantown. And remember, that was the game after which Geno Smith was all but conceded the Heisman Trophy and the only real question regarding the Mountaineers was whether they'd be in a BCS bowl or THE BCS bowl.
There are differences though, not the least of which is that West Virginia's 70-point, 807-yard performance was under duress. The Mountaineers had to push to the very end. At halftime Saturday, Baylor was on pace to go for 112 points and 1,234 yards. And if the Bears had to have done it, they might have.
That's the scariest part of what Baylor is doing right now, at least to the teams still in their way. Take Kansas State's Bill Snyder, who has coached about a billion games and has seen it all.
"I don't know that there has been [an offense to compare to Baylor],'' said Snyder, whose Wildcats are next up for the Bears. "I haven't taken time to look in the record book and don't want to. It might frighten me. But I don't remember anyone being as productive as Baylor.''
Nor does Holgorsen.
"They're doing it at the highest level possible. They're doing it as good as anybody has in college football,'' Holgorsen said. "We'll see if they can keep it up.''
Yeah, like keeping it up in a second half. The really interesting thing about Baylor is that the Bears haven't played a down of football that mattered beyond the first quarter of any of their four games this season. The starters haven't played more than a handful of second-half snaps. Consider that Lache Seastrunk is second nationally in rushing yards per game and has carried the ball twice after halftime.
Perhaps because of all that - because his offense hasn't been tested - Baylor coach Art Briles isn't even sure if his offense is clicking yet.