- West Virginia has won two of the last three meetings.
- Baylor is 3-2 against the spread this season.
- Mountaineers haven’t lost three straight games since 2017.
The Baylor Bears will host the West Virginia Mountaineers this weekend for a Big 12 battle.
HISTORY: West Virginia and Baylor have put out a number of high-scoring bouts in their short history together. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 6-3.
West Virginia Mountaineers Baylor Bears Matchup at a Glance
West Virginia Mountaineers Preview: WVU Seeking First Big 12 Win
Oklahoma was able to pull off another hostile win in Manhattan last weekend. The Sooners took a three-point lead into the locker room and held off a late rally from the Wildcats, and picked up their first road win of the season.
Jarret Doege responded to a forgetful performance against Oklahoma, with a solid showing against Texas Tech. The senior quarterback from Lubbock couldn’t defeat his hometown school, but he did go 25-33 for a season-high 318 passing yards and a touchdown. WVU will need the best from their signal-caller on the road this week to break this skid.
Leddie Brown leads the West Virginia backfield. The senior back ran for 161 yards on 19 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown on West Virginia’s second play from scrimmage against Virginia Tech, but he’s only gained 113 yards in the past two losses. Brown did score last weekend, and he’s second in the Big 12 with six rushing touchdowns.
Doege has done a solid job of spreading the ball around, as five West Virginia receivers have recorded over 100 yards through the first three weeks. Junior wideout Winston Wright Jr. leads the team in catches (26) and yards (2780, while Sam James leads the team with three touchdown catches.
Baylor Bears Preview: Bears Looking to Avenge First Loss
Texas has responded to their road loss to Arkansas with a trio of rivalry wins. The Longhorns will look to win their fourth straight this weekend, and their offense has started to pick things up over the past three games. Texas defeated TCU in Fort Worth last weekend for their first road victory of the season.
Gerry Bohanon struggled last weekend, but he had a strong month of September. After scoring three or more touchdowns in each of the Bears’ last three games, the junior quarterback went 13-27 for 173 passing yards. He scored on the ground for the fourth week in a row, but the Bears couldn’t move the football and went scoreless in the first half. He still hasn’t turned the ball over this season, and he’s going to give Baylor a chance every night.
Abram Smith had another strong showing last weekend. The senior back gained 97 yards on just ten carries, including a 55-yard touchdown run. He’s crossed the 100-yard mark three times this season, and could in for a big day against WVU. Trestan Ebner has added 348 yards on 58 carries.
Missing leading receiver R.J. Sneed last weekend really hurt Bohanon and the passing game. Dartmouth transfer Drew Estrada stepped with six catches for 88 yards, but it was a tough showing for the rest of the group. If Sneed can’t suit up, Tyquan Thornton will enter as the leading receiver with 19 catches and 276 receiving yards.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game
Oklahoma and Texas aren’t providing the only big Big 12 schools providing good football near the State Fair this weekend, as Baylor and West Virginia are set to give us another conference battle.
These two teams have historically given us high-scoring bouts, but neither school seems to possess that same type of firepower this season. Although that may be the case, the number of 45 seems very obtainable for a Big 12 battle.
Take the over, as both teams are led by experienced quarterbacks and the offense could flow during this game.
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