West Virginia @ Baylor
Current Records: West Virginia 2-3; Baylor 4-1
What to Know
The Baylor Bears and the West Virginia Mountaineers are set to square off in a Big 12 matchup at noon ET Oct. 9 at McLane Stadium. These two teams have allowed few points on average (Baylor 17.4, West Virginia 18), so any points scored will be well earned.
The Bears came up short against the Oklahoma State Cowboys last week, falling 24-14. The losing side was boosted by LB Abram Smith, who punched in one rushing touchdown. That touchdown — a 55-yard rush in the third quarter — was one of the highlights of the contest.
Meanwhile, it was close but no cigar for West Virginia as they fell 23-20 to the Texas Tech Red Raiders last week. West Virginia’s defeat came about despite a quality game from WR Isaiah Esdale, who caught six passes for one TD and 113 yards.
This next matchup is expected to be close, with Baylor going off at just a 2.5-point favorite. Those burned by picking them against the spread last week might want to keep in mind that the team has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.
The losses put Baylor at 4-1 and the Mountaineers at 2-3. A pair of numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: The Bears are 145th worst in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, with 156.8 on average. West Virginia has experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the game with the 181st fewest rushing yards per game in the nation, having accrued only 113.4 on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
- Where: McLane Stadium — Waco, Texas
- TV: Fox Sports 1
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $9.00
The Bears are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Mountaineers, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 2.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
West Virginia have won four out of their last six games against Baylor.
- Oct 03, 2020 – West Virginia 27 vs. Baylor 21
- Oct 31, 2019 – Baylor 17 vs. West Virginia 14
- Oct 25, 2018 – West Virginia 58 vs. Baylor 14
- Oct 21, 2017 – West Virginia 38 vs. Baylor 36
- Dec 03, 2016 – West Virginia 24 vs. Baylor 21
- Oct 17, 2015 – Baylor 62 vs. West Virginia 38