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Previewing 2012 WVU Football Opponents: Baylor

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West Virginia will play its first conference game against a Big 12 opponent at the end of September when Baylor comes to Morgantown.

Baylor needs to find a way to replace the offensive talent and production left behind by Robert Griffin III's departure. He won the Heisman Trophy last season and nearly led Baylor to a Big 12 title.

BAYLOR BEARS

2011 Record – (10-3)

Head Coach: Art Briles (59-53 as Head Coach)

Returning Starters: (6 on offense, 8 on defense, 2 on special teams)

Leading Passer in 2011: Robert Griffin III (4,293 Yds, 37 TD, 6 INT)

Leading Rusher in 2011: Terrance Ganaway (1,547Yds, 21 TD)

Leading Receiver in 2011: Kendall Wright (1,663 Yds, 14 TD)

Last Meeting vs. WVU: None 

Record vs. WVU: First Meeting

Despite losing RGIII, Baylor returns a total of 16 starters from last year's 10-3 team. However, not only is Baylor losing its top passer in 2011. Top rusher Terrance Ganaway and top receiver Kendall Wright are both also gone and looking forward to beginning their NFL careers.

Eight defensive starters are back and Baylor will look to that experience to help keep its opponents from lighting up the scoreboard while its new starters on offense try to get comfortable.

This will mark the first meeting between West Virginia and Baylor but features two head coaches that are familiar with each other. Both Dana Holgorsen and Art Briles were on the Texas Tech coaching staff together. 

"Of course I know Dana from way back and we coached together at Tech," Briles said.  "He was a really good coach then and has done an outstanding job in his last three stops at Houston, Oklahoma State and then last year at West Virginia. He's very familiar with this part of the country and the Big 12."

WVU is counting on Holgorsen's Big 12 experience to help the Mountaineers compete for a conference title in their first year as a Big 12 member.

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