MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The challenge that awaits West Virginia Saturday night against Baylor is unlike one the Mountaineers have seen.
Maybe that sounds absurd for a team that just beat then-No. 11 Oklahoma State and had already played the Cowboys, No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 25 Maryland.
But it's true.
Nobody has seen what the 17th-ranked Bears have in store for the 8 p.m. Fox Sports 1 game at Floyd Casey Stadium. They're debuting their chrome gold helmets, arguably the boldest look in college football for what may be the nation's boldest team.
Some wear emotions on their sleeve. The Bears wear them on their heads.
"To me, that's what it's all about," Coach Art Briles said. "You've got style, you've got attitude, you've got effort. You have an image, and our image is we're going to play fast, we're going to be fearless and we're not going to worry about what other people think because we know who we are and we know what we're going to do."
If the headwear isn't convincing enough, consider Baylor's Holiday Bowl rings. They, too, are gold and feature the score on the side: 49-19. The box score reads the Bears beat UCLA 49-26.
Baylor was, and apparently still is, upset about a touchdown given to the Bruins on the final play of the game when the UCLA player clearly never got the ball into the end zone. Even though there was no time left in the game, Briles tried to call a timeout to have the play reviewed and overturned.
The ring was his final say.
"Of course I'm still mad about that," Briles said. "I don't want to short our players and I didn't want to short them that night. That's why I called the timeout and asked them to review it, which they didn't do. It was hot dog and Coke time for the review staff. They thought the game was over."
This is the squad that is No. 1 in the nation in scoring offense, total offense and passing offense and a program that's been rising since the year before Robert Griffin III won his Heisman Trophy in 2011. Baylor (3-0) has beaten FCS program Wofford (69-3), as well as Buffalo (70-13) and Louisiana-Monroe (70-7) to start the season, but has nevertheless rung up some stunning offensive statistics.
The Bears have five quarters with at least 28 points. All but one of the 25 touchdown drives has lasted fewer than 2 minutes - and the exception lasted 2:07. The first-team offense has played 26 series and only five in the second half. That group has managed 21 touchdowns and needed an average of 69 seconds to score. There have been zero three-and-outs.