CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mack Brown was once a Mountaineer.
The 61-year-old University of Texas football coach, who has guided the Longhorns the last 15 seasons in the 17-year-old Big 12 Conference, began his career at Appalachian State in 1983.
A lot's changed in the three decades since Brown helped the lower level 'Eers to a winning season. Heck, in the last three years there's been an offensive revolution in college football.
Bigger is better and the more is the merrier, something you'd think Brown would be used to in the largest state in the lower 48.
"Texas has been a defensive school and a school that has run the ball for years," said Brown, who is 145-39 at Texas with seven top 10 finishes in the national rankings. "And right now the world's changing out there. We've still got to have stops; we've still got to force turnovers.
"We're not seeing the dominant defensive performances right now that even we saw three years ago and defenses are going to have to catch up because offenses are ruling the roost."
This Saturday's nationally televised (Fox) Big 12 game between No. 8 West Virginia (4-0, 1-0) and No. 11 Texas (4-0, 1-0) features teams that are scoring a combined average of 100.25 points per game.
The Mountaineers and Longhorns are unblemished national championship contenders through the season's first month because of their ability to score and not have empty possessions, terminology typically reserved for basketball.
Hey, we've got hoops scores in tackle football now, so it's fair game.
WVU, which is averaging 53 points per game, has 30 touchdowns against just 11 punts. Texas has a paydirt-to-punt ratio of 26-to-9. That means these two Big 12 kingpins are combining to score nearly three times for every punt, which puts opposing defenses in quite the quandary.
The only alternative way to get stops - switching to tennis terminology now - is to break the opposition's serve with a turnover.
WVU and Texas are two of the nation's best at protecting the pigskin.
West Virginia has one turnover through four games, tied with erstwhile Big 12 member Texas A&M for the fewest in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Texas is tied for third nationally - one of five teams with two turnovers.
The Mountaineers are 66-4 in the past decade when winning the turnover battle. Nobody messes with Texas in this category, as the Longhorns have won 58 consecutive games when taking better care of the ball than the opponent.