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Big 12 football: West Virginia hoping for better defensive performance than last year's WVU-Baylor game

Saturday night in Waco, Baylor and West Virginia meet again, and this much we know. No way will West Virginia get to 70, or even 63. Baylor? Stay tuned.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 4, 2013
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Fifty-three weeks ago, West Virginia and Baylor staged a football game that has come to define the Big 12 in the second decade of the 21st century. The Mountaineers won 70-63, and it was just as wild as it sounds.

Saturday night in Waco, Baylor and West Virginia meet again, and this much we know. No way will West Virginia get to 70, or even 63. Baylor? Stay tuned.

The highflying Bears have displayed the same video-game offense of recent Big 12 seasons, albeit against outmanned foes Buffalo, Wofford and Louisiana-Monroe.

But West Virginia's offense has crashed to Earth; the Mountaineers were shut out by Maryland, scored just seven on OU and were offensively challenged even in a 30-21 upset of OSU that was engineered by the WVU defense.

The Mountaineers have used three starting quarterbacks this season, and Florida State transfer Clint Trickett will start against Baylor after getting the win against OSU.

But clearly, an improved defense is the Mountaineers' main hope Saturday night.

“Yeah, that's obviously true,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “But we'll see how they do this week playing the best offense in college football in Baylor.”

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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