Ashley O’Brien: West Virginia comes to Waco with a 2-3 record, after suffering three-point losses to both Oklahoma and Texas Tech. WVU could be waking up on Saturday looking at a 4-1 record but are instead still searching for their first Big 12 win in 2021. Neal Brown and his coaching staff are fired up from squandering last week’s contest at home. I think the Mountaineers will win on Saturday and start to turn the season around in hopes that they can get into a bowl game.
West Virginia 24, Baylor 14
Wesley Shoemaker: Last week was very unexpected, but that makes me think is that the new reality of this football team. Head coach Neal Brown said this week he was furious with how his team started against Texas Tech so I do anticipate a fast start. Baylor can run the ball well but luckily, the Mountaineers do stop the run well. I think Brown and his team will be motivated to win on the road, and I am not sure how Baylor will respond after losing to Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers find a way to pull it out on the road, with this being a very slow game.
West Virginia 20, Baylor 17
Ethan Bock: Sigh. Here we are. This would be the first time since joining the Big 12 that the Mountaineers have lost three-straight conference games to kick-off the conference play if they lose on Saturday. Baylor is not the Baylor that they were in 2020. They have already retooled their program and are back to competing. Now, they probably aren’t at the top of the conference, but with a win over Iowa State shows that they can hang with everyone. All this game comes down to is the offense, once again. Same story every week. We know the defense will show up on the road, but can the offense score more than 20 points? I’m not sure. Without the LIU game, the Mountaineers average 21 points per game. I’m sure we will see Neal Brown switch between quarterbacks Jarret Doege and Garrett Greene the whole game and I hope they actually give Leddie Brown the ball. If the offense takes the entire first half to wake up, chalk up a loss.
West Virginia 17, Baylor 20
Aaron Parker: In a must needed game for the Mountaineers, I think they come ready to play. I think WVU will get the ground game going back again, so I am predicting at least one Leddie Brown touchdown. I think Baylor is underrated coming in at 4-1. Their only loss was last Saturday at a top 15 Oklahoma State team. I think Gerry Bohanon will be able to run and pass well enough to put the ball in the end zone a couple of times. I don’t anticipate a shootout, but rather a score somewhat like the WVU-Virginia Tech game, where both teams score a few touchdowns and the score is in the twenties. I think Baylor will make a couple big plays while WVU will continue to struggle with their big play ability, so I think the Bears will come out on top at home.
West Virginia 23, Baylor 31
Quinn Burkitt: If West Virginia wants to have success and possibly knock off a tough Baylor team they will have to do something they haven’t done all season: play a complete game. This may also be a chance for the Mountaineers to open up the rushing game with Leddie Brown and the offensive line as the Bears have given up 165.2 yards on average to opposing teams as opposed to West Virginia’s 88.4 yards per game they’ve given up to opponents. That’ll be the one true test on offense if the Mountaineers want to win this game, however I see the Bears taking this game behind both their top-25 scoring offense and scoring defense.
West Virginia 21, Baylor 27
Hayley Maguire: Baylor and WVU both have solid defenses. Baylor’s quarterback, Gerry Bohanon, was unable to throw a touchdown pass in last weeks loss to Oklahoma State. Both teams are coming off of a loss this week. Baylor has a better passing game while WVU has succeeded in stopping the run. While both teams are solid defensively, Baylor has a slight advantage over the Mountaineers in this area. The Mountaineers have a lot of potential to be successful but have failed at showing that full potential. The mountaineers have not showed consistency offensively. It’ll be close, but with Baylor’s home field advantage and the ability to be consistent against inconsistent teams, I think the Mountaineers are going to have a tough time pulling through this week.
West Virginia 14, Baylor 21
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