West Virginia Mountaineers (4-2) at Baylor Bears (0-6)
College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm (McLane Stadium)
The Line: Baylor Bears +10 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Baylor Bears meet Saturday in college football action at McLane Stadium.
The West Virginia Mountaineers look for their fifth win of the season to keep pace in the Big 12 Conference. The West Virginia Mountaineers have won four of their last six road games. Will Grier is completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 2,092 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Grier has three or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. David Sills V and Gary Jennings have combined for 1,187 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Ka’Raun White has 31 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 185 yards per contest, and Justin Crawford leads the way with 609 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 27.8 points and 453.8 yards per game. Al-Rasheed Benton leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 52 tackles, Ezekiel Rose has two sacks and Kyzir White has three interceptions.
The Baylor Bears are desperate for their first win of the season to rebound from an 0-6 record. The Baylor Bears have lost five straight home games. Zach Smith is completing 52.5 percent of his passes for 1,160 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Smith has one touchdown pass and two interceptions in his last two games. Denzel Mims and Chris Platt have combined for 954 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Pooh Stricklin has 22 receptions. The Baylor Bears ground game is averaging 135.1 yards per contest, and John Lovett leads the way with 383 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Baylor is allowing 40 points and 517.7 yards per game. Clay Johnston leads the Baylor Bears with 45 tackles, Ira Lewis has 2.5 sacks and Henry Black has one interception.
The Mountaineers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on grass, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bears are 31-15 ATS in their last 46 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Baylor went from competing in its losses to getting waxed and looking more and more inspired. Smith is not the difference maker at quarterback needed to hang in such a loaded conference, and it's led the Baylor being outscored 108-57 in its two games this season against ranked teams. Baylor also has one of the worst time of possessions in the country, which doesn't help those defensive numbers. Meanwhile, West Virginia is rolling for the most part and will be even more confident after making a monster second half comeback last week against Texas Tech. Even on the road, the West Virginia Mountaineers should roll here and add to Baylor's misery.