Baylor Bears (4-3) at West Virginia Mountaineers (5-1)
College Football: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -14 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Baylor Bears and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet in a week 9 Big 12 conference college football matchup from Mountaineer Field on Thursday night.
The Baylor Bears will look to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last six games following a 23-17 loss to Texas in their last outing. Charlie Brewer has thrown for 1,798 yards, 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, while JaMycal Hasty has rushed for 301 yards with Hasty and John Lovett each rushing for 3 TDs this season while the aforementioned Brewer has a team-high 4 rushing scores this season. Jalen Hurd leads the Bears’ receiving corps with 47 catches for 622 yards with 3 TDs, while Denzel Mims has 35 catches for 529 yards and 4 scores. As a team, Baylor is averaging 475 yards of total offense and 33.1 points per game this season.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have had an extra week to prepare after suffering their first loss of the season in a 30-14 loss to Iowa State in their last outing. Will Grier has thrown for 1,919 yards, 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 71.4% passing while Kennedy McCoy has 343 rushing yards and Leddie Brown has 296 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Marcus Simms leads WVU with 498 receiving yards and Gary Jennings Jr. has 6 receiving TDs while David Sills V has a Mountaineers-high 32 catches and 7 TDs with 390 receiving yards. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 464.3 yards of total offense and 36.8 points per game this season.
Baylor is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. West Virginia is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Baylor is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I’m sure West Virginia will be eager to bounce back after their loss to Iowa State, but the Mountaineers have a history of having a hard time bouncing back after a loss. Baylor isn’t a world beater by any means and have had issues with consistency, but they’ve had success ATS in this matchup and have enough talent on both sides of the ball to keep this one within two touchdowns so I’ll side with Baylor and the points in this one.