Baylor blowout expected
The odds makers knew it. Heck, nearly every fan understood it could happen.
So, Saturday night’s blowout at Baylor may have been embarrassing, but when you truly step back and begin to analyze the season to this point, it was not surprising.
First, one team (WVU) was playing its sixth straight game of the season while the other (Baylor) was playing its second in 27 days. On top of that the Mountaineers were coming off of an emotional victory at home over an Oklahoma State team that was the media’s pick to win the Big 12 Conference this season.
The Bears were playing at home, where head coach Art Briles now has a 16-1 mark, and were able to watch the Cowboys’ failures on offense and defense and make the needed adjustments to make sure those miscues didn’t happen at Casey Floyd Stadium.
WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck might want to become a little more active in the scheduling process for the Mountaineers’ new home. Playing teams in back-to-back games that are both coming off of open weeks while your team hasn’t had a day off since the season began isn’t exactly treating your program fairly.
Secondly, and most importantly, not enough credit is being given to Briles and his Baylor Bears.
WVU fans aren’t accustomed to seeing their team surrender 73-or even 63 points. Baylor has only played four games (one in the Big 12), but it would not be surprising to see this team run the tables and represent the 10-team league in the final BCS bowls in January.
And, after the show the Bears have put on thus far, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this program continue to climb up the national polls and, with a little bit of luck, be in a position to play for a national title.
“They (Baylor) clearly came off of the ball and established the line of scrimmage five yards down field,” WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We’ve been pretty proud of how we’ve been playing defense the last five games. But, they were able to establish the line of scrimmage and we weren’t able to put our best foot forward.”
The defense simply had no answers.
When it crowded the box in order to stop standout running back Lache Seastrunk, junior quarterback Bryce Petty simply dropped back and tossed the ball to one of his standout wide receivers. But, try to drop too many in coverage, as defensive coordinator Keith Patterson attempted on numerous occasions, and Seastrunk pounded the ball down the unit’s throat.
Offensively, WVU’s woes at quarterback, on the line of scrimmage and at playmaker continued. Half way through the season and we still don’t have a quarterback that can consistently run Holgorsen’s offense or a offensive front that is physical enough to give our running backs or pass catchers a chance to make a play.
WVU and its fans need a week off.