We are now firmly in the middle of this college football season, and the Bears seem to be hitting their stride quite nicely, at least against "lesser competition" as people have begun calling it. Baylor took another step last weekend by absolutely demolishing Kansas 66-7. This week they're returning home to face off against the West Virginia Mountaineers who are coming off back-to-back losses against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. They'll be looking to make a statement against the consensus #2 team in the country (by the polls, anyway) by looking to come into Waco and hand the Bears their first loss in McLane Stadium. The Bears, however, may be a bit revenge-minded after the Mountaineers upset their bid for perfection last season in Morgantown.
As we always do, we're kicking off our coverage today with the weekly Presser events. First up was the weekly Big 12 Football Coaches Media Teleconference. You can find the archive audio by clicking this link and then zipping through the audio to Briles' spot. The press conference started at 9:50, and Briles went on at 11, so math tells us that his portion should begin around 1 hour 10 minutes into the call, give or take a few minutes. Here are some highlights (from both Coach Dana Hologram I MEAN Holgorsen and Briles):
Dana Holgorsen on WVU's turnover barrage: "I can’t devote any more practice time to it." Says they spend two periods a day on it.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 12, 2015
Holgorsen says Baylor looks better than they have in previous years. Says Baylor is "super efficient offensively."— Greg Madia (@GregMadia) October 12, 2015
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen says BU WR Corey Coleman as good as there is in country and calls BU receiving corps deepest he's seen.— John Werner (@JohnWernerTrib) October 12, 2015
Briles says he won't use revenge for last year's loss to West Virginia as motivation in rematch.— John Werner (@JohnWernerTrib) October 12, 2015
To be perfectly honest, I would have been shocked if Briles had said anything else other than this. He's not in the business of drumming up old wounds before the game, at least publicly. Is it in the back of his mind, or the players minds? Have they discussed it at all? I can't say for sure. I'd bet it's in their minds, though.
Briles on WVU Def in 2014: They just whipped our tails, they were better and more intense, they played better than we did.— Jeff Culhane (@jeffculhane) October 12, 2015
This last one doesn't have anything to do with either our game against Kansas or the West Virginia matchup, but I found it interesting:
"If I had to do it today, I’d do it differently" - Kansas State HC Bill Snyder on kicking an FG instead of going for it on 4th down vs TCU— Brandon Chatmon (@BChatmon) October 12, 2015
The twitter accounts for each school are typically chock full of information on Mondays, so, as we always do, I'm just going to embed them here. Let's see what's happening, shall we? First up, the WVU feed:
Next we have the BUFootball feed:
Meet the Press: 1:00 p.m.
As usual, Briles is taking to the podium this afternoon to talk about this weekend's matchup with the 11:00 a.m. Hit the link in the tweet, settle in to listen to the dulcet tones of The Great Coach Art Briles, and let's discuss/react together!