Baylor vs. West Virginia Total Prediction
The West Virginia Mountaineers are not only coming off their first loss of the season, they’re also coming off a rough offensive performance. Will Will Grier and Co. rebound when they host the Baylor Bears at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday night?
7:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 25
Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Mountaineers are 14-point favorites to beat the Bears. The total, meanwhile, sits at 68 points. As of this writing, 63% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Mountaineers.
Baylor sophomore QB Charlie Brewer went 30-of-44 for 296 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 37-34 triumph against Kansas State. He also ran for a touchdown. Kansas State came in wanting to keep Brewer in the pocket and limit his ability to push the ball down the field to his stud receivers, and they mostly succeeded on both accounts. Brewer only accounted for 10 rushing yards and his long pass went for a mere 21 yards. But Brewer showed solid efficiency with heavy usage in a back-and-forth, must-win game against a Big 12 opponent. For today, that'll do. Baylor, 4-2, travels to rival Texas next week.
West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia senior QB Will Grier completed 11-of-15 passes for 100 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 30-14 loss to Iowa State. Grier may well have fallen out of legitimate Heisman contention in this one game alone, as not only did he play poorly, WVU lost outright after entering the weekend ranked No. 6 in the AP poll. It would likely take a big surge down the stretch -- plus slowdowns from Tua Tagovailoa and Dwayne Haskins -- for the Heisman to come back into play, here. Prior to Saturday's statistical freeze, Grier had thrown for at least 320 yards and three touchdowns in every game this season. He'll have a few extra days to get past this one before West Virginia takes on Baylor on Oct. 25.
The over is 6-2 in the Bears’ last six games overall.
The under is 5-1 in the Mountaineers’ last six home games.
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen called the Mountaineers’ offensive performance at Iowa State two weeks ago the worst he’d seen in 30 years of coaching. The Cyclones have a stout defense and put together a great defensive performance in Ames. The Bears, however, don’t have the defensive talent to match up with the Mountaineers and thus, I expect a huge rebound from Grier and Co. With Holgorsen putting so much emphasis on the offense and with his team returning to Morgantown this week, the over is the play tomorrow night.
College Football Prediction: Baylor/West Virginia over 68