West Virginia Mountaineers Present Baylor Bears With First Test This Season

By Nick Baker
Lache Seastrunk
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The Baylor Bears have gotten off to a 3-0 start and have scored an astounding 209 points in those three games, making them the highest-scoring offense in the nation. The Bears don’t have any wins that mean much yet, but with the West Virginia Mountaineers coming off a victory over the no. 11 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, Baylor has an opportunity to get their first victory that carries some weight.

Baylor’s offense will feature Bryce Petty at quarterback and Lache Seastrunk at running back. Both have raised their draft stock this season as Petty is completing nearly 75 percent of his passes and has already amassed over 1,000 passing yards. Seastrunk’s stats are just as gaudy as he is averaging an even 11 yards per carry, and has scored five times out of the 38 carries.

To make these stats seem even more video game-like, keep in mind that Baylor has won all of their games in blowout fashion, and Petty and Seastrunk have barely seen any playing time in the fourth quarter this season.

While the Mountaineers aren’t ranked after their upset victory last week, they do stand at 3-2 on the season and  have already faced two top-25 teams. The Mountaineers have three talented quarterbacks, but have named Clint Trickett, the junior who led them to victory last week, as the starter against the Bears this Saturday.

West Virginia had a three-way quarterback battle going through their first four games, but now that Trickett has a high-profile victory under his belt, he is likely the starter going forward.

Last week, Trickett threw the ball 50 times and completed less than half of his passes. Yet, he gained over 300 yards through the air and threw for a touchdown as well. The run game for the Mountaineers didn’t do much other than gain 68 yards last week, which is a bit uncharacteristic for a team that averages 150 yards on the ground per contest.

The defense for Baylor has proven to be dominant against lesser competition, and although the Mountaineers won’t be battling for a BCS Bowl any time soon, they are a huge step up of from the LA-Monroe Warhawks, whom the Bears beat 70-7 two weekends ago.

Baylor has a very deep backfield behind Seastrunk, and although this game won’t be a 60-point victory, you will likely see the freshmen Shock Linwood getting the majority of the carries late in the game.

The Bears are better than their current ranking, and the Mountaineers still must prove last week wasn’t a fluke and they really have a stout defense and capable offense. This game doesn’t kick-off until 8 p.m ET tonight, but that is just fine as the Bears will likely take the early lead and turn the fourth quarter into more garbage minutes for their backups as they continue to be one of the most dominant in the country.

Nick Baker is a contributing writer for Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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