West Virginia vs. Baylor Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the West Virginia vs. Baylor fearless prediction and game preview.
West Virginia (4-2) vs. Baylor (0-6) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: McLane Stadium, Waco, TX
West Virginia just can’t get that one really, really big win.
This was the case last year, too, when the Mountaineers took up a spot in the high-rent district of the Big 12, but were still just a notch below Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
They’re dangerous and talented, with enough firepower and pop to beat Texas Tech, but not quite the oomph to get by TCU. However, with Oklahoma State, Texas and Oklahoma still to play, they’re deep in the hunt for the Big 12 title.
Baylor is deep in the hunt for players in the 2018 recruiting class.
The team can’t seem to catch a break in terms of consistency on either side of the ball, but with four home games in the next five, and with Kansas still on the schedule, there’s a little bit of hope for something positive to kick in.
But beat West Virginia? These two have played some historically insane firefights with the home team taking all five games in the series.
And it is in Waco …
One Reason Why West Virginia Will Win
The Baylor secondary wasn’t even close in the loss to Oklahoma State last week, and it’s not making any big plays with just one interception on the year.
Enter Will Grier and his fabulous receiving corps.
Grier threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns last week in the win over Texas Tech, with four different receivers coming up with 68 yards or more.
David Sills has turned in an All-America season – he caught three touchdown passes against the Red Raiders, and Ka’Raun White caught two.
Even with a decent pass rush, the Baylor defense still isn’t able to force key stops or big mistakes. Grier is too savvy and too good to have problems against anything the Bear D will throw at him – he’s not making enough big errors.
One Reason Why Baylor Will Win
Finally, the Baylor running game got going last week. It didn’t matter much when Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph was busy holding his own pro day against the Bear secondary, but it was a positive sign.
Terence Williams ran for 95 yards and the team took off for 219 with enough big dashes to keep trying to make this happen. The passing attack can’t be counted on – it’s been way too erratic.
Everyone’s running on the West Virginia defensive front.
If Kansas can take off for 367 yards with several big plays, Baylor at least has to try establishing things on the ground early on.
What’s Going To Happen
Baylor hasn’t played the same game two weeks in a row, but it’s been strangely competitive considering all the losses. Last week against OSU was ugly, but for the most part, it’s a team that’s able to hang around, and it doesn’t give up.
The ground attack will work for the second week in a row, and the defense will come up with a few positive moments at home to keep the team in the game.
And then Grier will be Grier, the West Virginia offensive balance will kick in, and Baylor will stall just when it needs to pull off a big drive in a key moment.
West Virginia vs. Baylor Prediction
West Virginia 47, Baylor 30
West Virginia -9, o/u: 69.5
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