Friday, November 9, 2012
Big 12: Who will transform tomorrow?
By David Ubben
They can't do this forever, can they? The West Virginia Mountaineers are just too talented to not break out again and showcase the offense that had them in the top 5 in September.
WVU hung 655 yards of total offense in its opener, followed by 569 before breaking out for 807 in the Big 12 opener against Baylor.
The Mountaineers put up 70 points in that game, and scored 48 the following week on the road against Texas. You knew West Virginia would have to outpace its leaky defense, but did anyone think it would come to this?
West Virginia accounted for just 243 yards of offense in a lopsided loss to Kansas State, and managed just 338 at home in a loss to TCU last week. Those are the lowest offensive outputs of the season. But this week, it changes.
Geno Smith & Co. will transform back into their early-season selves and knock off Oklahoma State in Stillwater, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Tavon Austin's been consistent through the struggles for West Virginia, which haven't been helped by a banged-up Stedman Bailey. He's still trying to get over an injury suffered in the loss to Texas Tech that began this slide.
The Mountaineers have fallen all the way out of the polls after being in the top 5 after a win over a then-undefeated Texas team that had plenty wondering if a BCS title was in the cards for the Big 12 newbies.
It's clearly not, but a slide all the way out of the postseason isn't either. Five Big 12 teams are bowl eligible. West Virginia isn't one of them.
That will change this week, thanks to an offense that will rediscover its mojo and carry the Mountaineers to a much-needed win.