West Virginia Mountaineers Make Case for Best Team in Big 12
The West Virginia Mountaineers opened their first season of Big 12 play with a huge win over the Baylor Bears, 70-63. While the score makes it sound like neither team has quality defenses, West Virginia still hopes their big win will help propel them to the top of their new conference.
Geno Smith came into the season as a Heisman hopeful and finished thegame with a performance that should propel him into a front-runner. Smith threw for an amazing 655 yards and tied the Big 12 record with eight touchdown passes in the game. He only had six incompletions in the game
What is even more impressive is that Smith accomplished the feat in only four quarters of play.
When the Mountaineers came to the Big 12, some questioned if their Big East success could translate well to the Big 12. The TCU Horned Frogs was the more exciting addition, but after four games in 2012, West Virginia might be the favorite to win the Big 12 title this season.
Baylor was just as impressive, with quarterback Nick Florence breaking a record set by Robert Griffin III with 581 passing yards, while also throwing for five touchdowns.
Next week, the West Virginia Mountaineers take on the undefeated Texas Longhorns, as the new kids on the block try to upend the old guard. If the Mountaineers beat Texas, the Big 12 could be theirs for the taking.