Conference Newcomers Fitting In With Offensive-Minded Big 12

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Newcomers West Virginia and TCU are fitting in nicely to the pass-crazy Big 12.

The Mountaineers' Geno Smith and the Horned Frogs' Casey Pachall have elevated the conference's stock of talented signal-callers following the departures of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden to the NFL.

Smith is among the national leaders in passing yards and is tied for the FBS lead with 12 touchdown passes. Pachall leads the country in passing efficiency and six other Big 12 quarterbacks are in the top 20.

Griffin's successor, Nick Florence, and Smith are first and second, respectively, in total offense. They'll go head-to-head in what should be a high-scoring game Saturday when No. 9 West Virginia (3-0) hosts No. 25 Baylor (3-0).

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