Note: This feature appears in Mountaineer Gameday in Friday editions of the Charleston Daily Mail and Charleston Gazette. Daily Mail Sports Editor Chuck McGill provides numbers and nuggets for West Virginia University's football game. This week, he breaks down Saturday's matchup between the Mountaineers and nationally ranked Baylor. WVU is again a massive underdog to a Big 12 school.
The Big 12 hasn't been kind to Baylor in conference openers. The Bears have lost five of six - the winning percentage listed here - Big 12 openers. The most recent league opening loss came at West Virginia last season, a 70-63 Mountaineers win that rewrote the record books.
The Baylor Bears offense is tops in college football in a number of categories, including total offense (751.3 yards per game), passing offense (444.3), team passing efficiency (239.63) and scoring offense (69.7 points per game).
That's the jersey number for WVU running back Charles Sims, but it also represents the number of players who have 300 rushing yards and 150 receiving yards in the FBS this season. Sims has 388 yards on the ground and has 163 yards on 17 receptions. East Carolina's Vintavious Cooper and Toledo's David Fluellen are also in the 300-150 club.
Dating back to the 2012 regular season home finale, the West Virginia University football program has won four consecutive home games. The Mountaineers are on the road this weekend, but that number is noteworthy because WVU won those four games with four different starting quarterbacks: Geno Smith, Paul Millard, Ford Childress and Clint Trickett.
Baylor owns the longest active win streak in the Big 12 at seven games.