The Mountaineers travel to Waco well rested coming off of their bye week. Both teams were off last week and had very different outlooks through seven games. West Virginia is right where they were supposed to be, a quality 3-1 start followed by a brutal October schedule. West Virginia sits at 3-4 coming into this game. Baylor on the other hand has overperformed all year. The Bears are first in the Big 12 conference right now sitting at 7-0 on the year.
Last year these two teams met on a Thursday night and the Mountaineers destroyed Baylor on all facets of the game. This year it’s Baylor who are the heavy favorites, here’s what you should watch out for when the Mountaineers and Bears meet up on Halloween night.
Don’t expect any big plays by the Mountaineer offense: Baylor has been very good all year in limiting the big play. West Virginia has been very bad all year in creating big plays. It’s an unstoppable force against a very movable object. West Virginia is going to have to move the ball methodically if they’re going to move the ball at all.
Baylor’s inconsistent offense is going to be the key: The Baylor offense starts with Charlie Brewer. In games against Iowa State and Oklahoma State he has looked like an all-conference caliber quarterback. In Baylor’s game against Texas Tech he had three interceptions and struggled to lead the offense. The run game is pretty good but behind a shaky offensive line they can be stopped. If Baylor doesn’t click on offense the Mountaineers have a chance.
Should Trey Lowe see the field more: Trey Lowe has a ability that would really help this Mountaineer offense – mobility. The West Virginia offensive line has been a mess all year. Pair that with Austin Kendall struggling with his pocket presence and a lot of drives stall out. Lowe can do something about those sacks and hurries. Kendall definitely has a better arm than Lowe, but is his arm really good enough to sacrifice mobility with this young offensive line?
What will tomorrows headline be? “West Virginia shoots themselves in foot, turns the ball over in route to handing Baylor a 8-0 start.”
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff