The Baylor Bears are undefeated at 3-0 heading into the matchup this weekend against the Mountaineers.
Part of their success early this season has been the dynamic offensive production. In just three games, the Bears have gained 2,254 yards of offense and 209 points. Baylor has also been lights out on defense, allowing 891 yards and 23 points.
The Bears come off of a bye week into their first Big 12 conference game of the season against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Mountaineers pulled off a huge upset of No. 11 Oklahoma State last Saturday in Morgantown.
When the Bears and Mountaineers met last season, it was a shootout. The teams combined for 1,507 yards of offense and 133 points. The game was an offensive masterpiece. At the end of the day, the Mountaineers pulled out the victory, 70-63.
Fans could see another shootout Saturday as Art Briles' Baylor Bears are on fire offensively. The only problem is a stout West Virginia defense could slow the attack. The Baylor defense is also much improved, and should prove to be a tough customer for the Mountaineers. Coach Briles says that the game a year ago really helped his defense grow.
"That game really changed our season a year ago," said Briles. "It started a downward spiral."
The Bears defense has improved each game since, and continues to get tougher. Coach Briles says that time has helped the unit gel.
"Through time and patience, we've gotten better," said Briles. "We have a good group of players who are determined and work hard each week. That's helped our defense."
Antwan Goodley has been a key to the offensive success of the Bears, as he has 14 receptions for 370 yards and four touchdowns. The production from Goodley comes as no surprise to head coach Art Briles.
"He's exactly where we expected him to be," said Briles. "Antwan is dynamic and a very powerful weapon."
Despite the ridiculous numbers and being among the top offenses in college football, Coach Briles is remaining level headed.
"We haven't paid much attention to the stats," said Briles. "We are still 0-0 in conference play, and have a long way to go."
The Mountaineers will enter a hostile environment at Baylor this weekend fresh off an upset win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The West Virginia defense has been great so far this season, and looks to shut down another high powered offense. Despite being 2-2, Coach Briles has a lot of respect for Holgorsen's Mountaineers.
"They are coming off a huge win," said Briles. "They have a couple losses, but those came against two good teams in Oklahoma and Maryland. They have a good football team."
Saturday should prove to be another great game between the Bears and Mountaineers, this time in Waco. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern time, and the game will be nationally broadcast by Fox Sports 1.