Baylor Bears vs West Virginia Mountaineers prediction and game preview.
Baylor vs West Virginia Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 3rd
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
Baylor (1-0) vs West Virginia (1-1) Game Preview
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Why Baylor Will Win
With the “it was against Kansas” caveat, Baylor was terrific in the opener of the Dave Aranda era after getting into a groove in the second half.
Yes, the passing game could’ve been a little crisper, and yes, the running game wasn’t amazing, but the defense lived in the Jayhawk backfield and clamped down on everything after getting down 7-0 in the 47-14 win.
It’s still going to be a process with all of the new parts, but as last week’s West Virginia loss to Oklahoma State showed, the other side isn’t exactly rolling, either.
There’s little to no Mountaineer running game to worry about. Leddie Brown ran for 104 yards against the Cowboys, but that was offset by a whole slew of sacks and other issues. As long as Baylor can keep QB Jarret Doege from getting into a comfortable groove, the D will be just fine.
Why West Virginia Will Win
West Virginia has to come out slinging.
Kansas was able to get a wee bit of a passing game going, but not enough of one. The Mountaineers have the receivers and Doege is a decent veteran passer, and at home they all have to click from the start.
Winston Wright and TJ Simmons are a strong receiving tandem, and for all the problems the O line had against Oklahoma State, Leddie Brown really was strong.
This is a better West Virginia team than the one that showed up in Stillwater last week.
What’s Going To Happen
Can the West Virginia offensive line hold up? It was swarmed over by Oklahoma State last week, there were way too many penalties, and the defensive front had too many problems against the run.
It’ll be a fun, tight game with West Virginia coming up with just enough explosive plays to offset all the problems against the Bear defensive front.
Baylor vs West Virginia Prediction, Line
West Virginia 27, Baylor 24
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Must See Rating: 3
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