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Meet the Opponent: Baylor Bears

The Mountaineers return home to Morgantown to play host to the Baylor Bears on Saturday, October 3 with a noon kickoff. The Baylor Bears are in their first season under new head coach Dave Aranda, and just played their first game of the 2020 season following two cancelled games due to COVID-19.

Baylor finished the 2019 season with an 11-3 record, going 8-1 in the Big 12 and finishing second overall. Following the completion of the 2019 season, the Bears coaching staff saw the departure of Matt Rhule for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the arrival of Dave Aranda as HC. Aranda came to Waco from LSU, as he was the defensive coordinator for the 2019 National Championship team.

Now, Aranda will have the opportunity to keep the Bears at the top tier of the Big 12 conference this season as they are one of five undefeated teams in the conference after Kansas State took down Oklahoma last week.

Over the last eight seasons, West Virginia leads the series 5-3. Last year’s Thursday night Halloween matchup in Waco went down to the wire when West Virginia brought a scrappy fight to McLane Stadium. Ultimately, the Bears won last year 17-14.

The Bears are coming off of their first game of the season, defeating the Kansas Jayhawks. Baylor had their first two games postponed this season; they were supposed to play both Louisiana Tech and Houston prior to conference play.

Baylor will be looking to come into Morgantown and continue their win streak this season, especially with Oklahoma already suffering a conference loss; the Bears will have their eyes on the top of the conference for the rest of the 2020 season. Baylor has played great on the road, having won five of their last road games. Charlie Brewer returns as quarterback, coming off of a game where his completion percentage was 65.5 percent; the Bears quarterback will be looking for victory.

Saturday’s noon kickoff will be a test for the Mountaineers; a chance to see if the work in the off-season has been enough to fully compete in the Big 12 and make a show of marked improvement from last season.

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