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West Virginia vs. Baylor - 12/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Baylor Bears (6-5) at West Virginia Mountaineers (9-2)
Date & Time Saturday December 3, 2016, 3:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -16.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FS1
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CFB | Baylor Bears (6-5) at West Virginia Mountaineers (9-2)
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The Baylor Bears and West Virginia Mountaineers meet Saturday afternoon in a Big 12 college football game at Milan Puskar Stadium on FS1.

The Baylor Bears would love a nice road victory that would snap a rough five-game losing streak. The Baylor Bears have won six of their last nine road games. Zach Smith is completing 57.9 percent of his passes for 907 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Smith has six touchdown passes in his last two games. KD Cannon and Ishmael Zamora have combined for 1,589 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Chris Platt has 28 receptions. The Baylor Bears ground game is averaging 255.1 yards per contest, and Terence Williams leads the way with 855 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Baylor is allowing 31 points and 435.5 yards per game. Aiavion Edwards leads the Baylor Bears with 80 tackles, K.J. Smith has 5.5 sacks and Orion Stewart has five interceptions.

The West Virginia Mountaineers hope for another home victory to get their 10th win of the season overall. The West Virginia Mountaineers have not won double-digit games since the 2011 CFB season. Skyler Howard is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 3,083 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Howard has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts Jr. have combined for 1,742 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Ka'Raun White has 48 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 233 yards per contest, and Justin Crawford leads the way with 959 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 23.6 points and 430.4 yards per game. Justin Arndt leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 71 tackles, Noble Nwachukwu has three sacks and Rasul Douglas has eight interceptions.

 

Baylor has been downright awful defensively during their losing stretch, allowing a combined 96 points in its last two games. Baylor has allowed at least 35 points in five of its last six games. With the way West Virginia can light it up, the Baylor Bears could allow close to 100 points in this game if it isn't careful. This is also going to be the first road game Smith is going to start at quarterback. This contest is sure to get ugly.

Give me WVU in a blowout. 

Pick:
West Virginia Mountaineers -16.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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