Big 12 football: West Virginia on upset alert vs. Baylor

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm •  Published: September 28, 2012
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photo - Baylor wide receiver Tevin Reese, left, walks off the field with teammate  Jemarcus Johnson, right, following their 47-42 win over  Louisiana-Monroe,  Sept. 21, 2012 in Monroe, La. Reese and the Bears could have West Virginia on upset alert Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Duane A. Laverty).
Baylor wide receiver Tevin Reese, left, walks off the field with teammate Jemarcus Johnson, right, following their 47-42 win over Louisiana-Monroe, Sept. 21, 2012 in Monroe, La. Reese and the Bears could have West Virginia on upset alert Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Duane A. Laverty).

Baylor has played against Dana Holgorsen's offense each of the last two seasons. Holgorsen was present the first time, as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator in 2010. He was off to West Virginia the second time, in 2011, when the Cowboys continued to run Holgorsen's version of the Air Raid.

Baylor hasn't handled Holgorsen's offense well. OSU led 49-3 after three quarters last season and won 59-24. In 2010, OSU led 34-0 in the third quarter and won 55-28.

Now Holgorsen has a similar offense at West Virginia, with quarterback Geno Smith. Baylor will need a high-scoring duel to win.

But the Bears are capable. Quarterback Nick Florence has been salty in replacing Baylor legend Robert Griffin III. Flankers Terrance Williams and Tevin Reese both are averaging more than 100 yards receiving a game.

West Virginia's defense, suspect a year ago, hasn't been tested in 2012. The Mountaineers will be jacked for their first-ever Big 12 game. Maybe a little too jacked. Let's go with Baylor in the upset.

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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