West Virginia Mountaineers (3-2) vs. Baylor Bears (5-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 17, 2015, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Baylor -20.5 -- Over/Under:
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Baylor Bears meet Saturday at McLane Stadium.
The West Virginia Mountaineers look for their first road win of the year and hope to snap back-to-back losses. Skyler Howard is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 1,277 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Howard has thrown five picks in his last three games. Shelton Gibson and Jovon Durante have combined for 712 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Daikiel Shorts Jr. has 17 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 222.4 yards per contest, and Wendell Smallwood leads the way with 589 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, WVU is allowing 20 points and 342.2 yards per game. Nick Kwiatkoski leads the Mountaineers with 33 tackles, Shaq Petteway has two sacks and Terrell Chestnut has two interceptions.
The Baylor Bears look to remain unbeaten and get their third Big 12 victory of the season. Seth Russell is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,527 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. Russell currently leads the country in touchdown passes. Corey Coleman and Jay Lee have combined for 1,083 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while KD Cannon has 13 receptions. The Baylor Bears ground game is averaging 357.6 yards per contest, and Shock Linwood leads the way with 719 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Baylor is allowing 22.2 points and 363.6 yards per game. Grant Campbell leads the Bears with 39 tackles, Shawn Oakman has three sacks and Xavien Howard has three interceptions. Byron Bonds and Devin Chafin are questionable.
The Mountaineers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games in October and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The Bears are 25-6 ATS in their last 31 home games and 25-10-1 ATS in their last 36 games overall.
West Virginia beat Baylor last season and while that game was in Morgantown, this is still a Mountaineers squad that's hung around with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. WVU is too good of a team offensively to get blown out, and Baylor is certainly willing to give up its fair share of yards and points. Baylor should win, but West Virginia is too talented of a team offensively not to keep this game within the number.