Matchup: #4 Baylor at #West Virginia (Baylor -8, 80 at JustBet)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 18th @ 12:00 pm (EST)
Location: Morgantown, WV (airing on FOX Sports 1)
Preview: The #4 ranked Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in a key Big 12 tilt on Saturday afternoon from Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The Baylor Bears are coming off an emotional victory over #12 ranked TCU in Waco. In what could be the game of the year thus far in the 2014 season, quarterback Bryce Petty led a 4th quarter comeback to defeat the Horned Frogs 61-58. Petty passed for 510 yards and 6 TD’s and led a final drive for a last minute field goal by Baylor to seal the win. The Bears were down throughout the game, but the home team pulled through. It was the first big test for Baylor this season, who’s schedule hasn’t been the toughest as it was their first win against a team with a winning record.
West Virginia also had a big win in week 7, getting a big road victory over Texas Tech and also coming back from a 4th quarter deficit to win in the final seconds via a last second field goal. Like Baylor, West Virginia can light up the scoreboard and are led by quarterback Clint Trickett who is 16th in the nation in passing efficiency, right ahead of Baylor’s Petty. West Virginia has been competitive in their losses and impressive in their wins. This team took Alabama to the limit in the opener, and the score may have been a bit deceiving as the game was a lot closer than the experts thought it would be.
This game could very well go over the total, as these two teams have scored a combined 248 points in their previous two meetings. The game between these two teams isn’t really about who the better team is on paper, it’s the situation. Baylor is coming off a huge emotional win at home, against a TCU team that just beat Oklahoma the previous week. Some would think that TCU was due for a letdown, but they actually held the lead for the majority of the game. West Virginia started off slow last week, and there is no doubt they were looking ahead to Baylor, and escaped with a 3 point win. Baylor’s win was at home, there was a lot of emotion, fans stormed the field, and it was a big win for the Bears. West Virginia’s win was on the road, was it emotional? Absolutely, but there wasn’t mass pandamonium like Baylor was experiencing. I also have to take a look at Baylor’s schedule. the Bears played 3 road games before returning home, and now after playing a very intense game, they have to travel out to West Virginia for an early start (11:00 AM Baylor time). I really like West Virginia in this spot, they’re a much improved team that is due for a signature win this season after their disappointing 2013 campaign. The fact that Baylor was taken to the limit by the only top tier team they faced this season has me questioning their ranking. I’m grabbing the points with the home dog, and calling for the outright upset, West Virginia wins on Saturday.
2014 Week 8 NCAA Football Picks: West Virginia +8, Over 80
Baylor at West Virginia Score Prediction: West Virginia 47 – Baylor 44