Thanks to a 3-0 start to the season, Baylor football is back in the top 25 again this week, checking in at No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 25 in the AP Top 25. Dating back to last season, Baylor has won nine straight games, the second longest streak in the country and the team’s best run since a 10-game streak in 1936-37.
After spending two weeks in the AP poll in 2010 and most of last season ranked in both polls, the Bears have now been ranked in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1974-75-76.
Baylor’s spot in the top 25 will be tested this weekend, as the Bears head to West Virginia for the Mountaineers’ first conference game as a member of the Big 12 (Saturday, 11 a.m. CT, FX). At 3-0, WVU is ranked No. 7 by the coaches and No. 9 by the AP.
The game will feature the nation’s top two players in total offense. Baylor quarterback Nick Florence is averaging 387.67 total yards per game to lead the nation, with 335 yards passing and 53 yards rushing per game so far this season; WVU QB Geno Smith — an early Heisman favorite — ranks second at 379.67 total yards per game (357 passing, 22 rushing).
Sic ’em, Baylor football!