MORGANTOWN - Odds and ends from the notebook as No. 9 West Virginia prepares to host No. 25 Baylor in the first-ever Big 12 Conference football game at noon today.
The game will be televised on the FX network, and new team will be in the broadcast booth and on the sidelines. Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt replaces Eric Crouch as the analyst, and Petros Papadikis will handle sideline duties. Papadikis, a former running back for Southern California, is probably best known for his hosting of the Spike TV show "Pros Vs. Joes."
Today's game will mark the Homecoming on the West Virginia University campus. The Mountaineers are 48-31-3 in Homecoming games, which date back to 1921.
WVU lost is first Homecoming game, 13-0, to Washington and Jefferson College. Since moving into Mountaineer Field in 1980, WVU is 24-7-1 in Homecoming games, and it has won nine of its last 10.
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Baylor, 3-0, is riding a nine-game winning streak heading into Morgantown, the second longest in school history. A win Saturday would tie the school record, which was set in the 1936-37 seasons. Baylor has also scored 30 or more points in each of those nine games and has a seven-game streak in which it has scored 45 or more points. WVU, 3-0, rides a seven-game winning streak into the contest. Texas Christian, which comes to Morgantown Nov. 3, is riding the nation's longest streak, 11 games.
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Baylor's schedule is currently ranked as the second toughest in Division I. Big 12 rival Oklahoma State is considered to have the toughest slate of games. In fact, every Big 12 team ranks in the top 15 for toughest schedules, including holding down the five top spots.
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The Big 12 Conference is the only conference with seven undefeated teams. Big 12 teams own a 25-3 record against non-conference teams, the best winning percentage in the country.
The Big 12 Conference also has the top team in total offense (Oklahoma State) and in total defense (Texas Tech).
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Tavon Austin's 13 pass receptions last week matched a school record, and it also allowed him to become the all-time leading receiver at WVU.
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Baylor's place-kicker Aaron Jones, only a junior, is the school's all-time scoring leader with 241 points. In just a little more than two seasons, Jones broke the school record that had been in place since 1983. He also holds the record for most extra points, 139, and most extra point attempts (143).