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No. 5 West Virginia may need better defense at some point to win Big 12

West Virginia is off to a blistering start in its first Big 12 season, piling up points behind quarterback Geno Smith.

But if the No. 5 Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0) want to win the league and even challenge for a national title, they may have to eventually start playing better defense.

West Virginia has scorched Baylor and Texas for 118 points the last two weeks, but also surrendered 108 in two wild, heart-pounding games.

Smith doesn't seem to care, so long as he can keep pushing the Mountaineers in to the end zone. He has 12 touchdown passes the last two weeks, and 24 on the season without an interception. He may have to be at his best every week.

The Mountaineers rank No. 102 in the nation in total defense.