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The senior quarterback loves to play with energy and will have what should be an electrifying atmosphere in Saturday’s conference opener between the ninth-ranked Mountaineers (3-0) and No. 25 Baylor (3-0).

“I know everyone’s been anticipating this,” Smith said. “It’s conference play now. Anything goes in these types of games. We’re just going to expect everything and go out and do our best.”

Smith already has done pretty well. He’s second nationally in passing yards, passing efficiency and total offense. He has yet to throw an interception and will face a Baylor defense that is allowing 315 yards passing per game. Only seven other FBS teams have allowed more. When West Virginia senior QB Geno Smith completes at least 50 percent of his passes 15 or more yards downfield, the Mountaineers are 17-0. This will be Baylor’s first Big 12 test, and if he performs he should be the man with the Heisman.

After playing Baylor, West Virginia has road games at No. 12 Texas and at Texas Tech. West Virginia hasn’t seen this much Heisman talk since Major Harris finished in the top five in voting in 1988 and 1989. It certainly helps to have two outstanding receivers in senior Tavon Austin and junior Stedman Bailey, both of whom are excellent after the catch, and Smith has targeted one of the two on 71 of his 118 passing attempts this season. It should be interesting to see how Geno fairs against the undefeated Baylor this week.  If he shines, his name will only rise.

 

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