Baylor (6-5) vs. West Virginia (9-2) Game Preview
Check out the Baylor vs. West Virginia fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
Bowl and Conference Implications
West Virginia can lock itself into the No. 3 Big 12 spot with a win. While it’s hardly a lock considering the way the bowls sometimes go out of the pecking order, the Russell Athletic Bowl appears to be the best bet. For Baylor, no matter what, it’s likely off to the Cactus Bowl to face a team from the Mountain West.
What Does Each Team Need To Do?
This Baylor season just won’t come to a swift enough end.
A brutal offseason led to an easy first half of the season with a six-game winning streak against an easy slate, but there was a win over Oklahoma State to give a little bit of hope. And then the schedule got tough, injuries kicked in, and now the Bears are on a five-game losing streak.
Head coach Jim Grobe announced he’s not coming back, so while the main story around the program revolves around the coaching search, first, there’s a chance to exhale, start to crank up the O again, and go into the bowl season on a positive note.
But Baylor needs to bring the defense along.
Putting up yards hasn’t been a problem for the Bears, but the D has gone bye-bye over the second half of the season, especially over the last month in ugly blowout over ugly blowout.
And that’s where the West Virginia offense comes in.
Banged up in the backfield, the star running backs are all limping into the game, but could go. Justin Crawford is expected to come back from a knee injury suffered against Iowa State, but it’s not a given how much he’ll be able to handle. Skyler Howard and the passing game should pick up the slack.
Baylor’s D is having problems with everyone, but the secondary has been a particular issue with just one pick in the last four games and coming off a 586-yard blistering from Texas Tech and Patrick Mahomes.
Howard’s been allowed to let the running game do the heavy lifting, but against Iowa State he took over with 330 yards and five scores, coming up with big play after big play – and now …
What’s Going To Happen?
Expect more of the same from the West Virginia offense.
Baylor could and should play a little looser with nothing to lose and the coaching situation relatively settled, but even with the skill players in place to keep up the pace, the Mountaineers will look like the pre-Oklahoma version with balance and pop to finish with a fantastic ten-win regular season.
Baylor vs. West Virginia Prediction
West Virginia 45, Baylor 27
West Virginia -17.5, o/u: 68.5
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