Big 12 Matchups, Looking Behind, Looking Ahead: Baylor
Blue Gold Sports will be bringing you the opportunity to relive last season’s conference match-ups as a way to prepare for the September games we all wish would get here sooner.
The Mountaineers will travel to Waco, Texas for this season’s third conference game. West Virginia will travel to take on the Baylor Bears in their third conference game for the season. Last fall, the Bears traveled to Morgantown to end the regular season, where the Bears fell 24-21 to the Mountaineers.
In last year’s game, Skyler Howard led his team to their tenth win for the season, the first time in over a decade, throwing for two touchdowns and running for a third. Justin Crawford ran for over 200 yards, aiding in handing the Bears their sixth straight loss for the season. The victory only further solidified West Virginia’s ranking of third place in the Big 12 conference going into the post-season.
This year, the Baylor Bears will look to move their team further and further from the scandals that took much of their storylines during the 2016 season. Baylor is coming off of a 7-6 season, hoping to capitalize on their losses and make their way back to the upper tier of the Big 12. Baylor will look to present the talent on their team as a front page story as opposed to the scandals and controversy of the last year. The Bears have a new head coach, Matt Rhule, and will emphasize the improvements made since last December.
The Bears were picked to finish just below the beloved Mountaineers in the Big12 this season, projected to finish seventh in the conference. This is also the first year there has not been a Baylor Bear on the preseason All-Big 12 list. Again, it is evident that the Bears have a lot to prove this fall.
West Virginia currently holds a winning record of 3-2 over the Bears since joining the conference and will likely look to keep that streak alive in the midst of a long stretch of October football, where unfortunately teams have tripped up in the past. This season, the Mountaineers seem to have the glue fit into all the right pieces and will hopefully be carrying a great amount of momentum when traveling to Waco mid-October.
Tell us, what do you think? Can the Bears overcome West Virginia on their home turf or will the Mountaineers be solidifying their season with another victory?