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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Baylor Bears Preview: Season 124 Episode 12 - The One For Ten

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The Mountaineers return to Morgantown one last time this season to take on the controversial and imploding Baylor Bears.

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Iowa State Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

The only team left in the way of that 10th win is the controversial Baylor Bears. They’re crumbling, they’re polarizing, they’re coming to Morgantown.For the first time since joining the Big 12, the Mountaineers are on the doorstep of a 10th win and will (barring something unforeseen) will go to a pretty choice bowl game.

We all have opinions on the scandal of 30 for 30 proportions going on at Baylor. I personally think the NCAA should pull an SMU on them, but I digress.

I’m going to try to keep the rest of this preview on a strictly X’s and O’s platform. That way we try our best to treat the Bears like they’re every other opponent (even though they're not).

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Kickoff Time: 3:30 PM ET

Where: The House That Epipens Built, Morgantown, WV

Tickets: General PublicWVU Students

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: FS1

Streaming Video: FoxSportsGO (or the FoxSportsGO app for smartphones)

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineers Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)

Satellite Radio: Sirius 136; XM 199

THREADS

West Virginia:

NCAA Football: Texas Christian at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor:

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl - Baylor v UCLA Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images

Green hats, white shirts, white pants

ODDS

Spread: WVU by 17-17.5

O/U: 66.5

Bill C:

Spread (Home) S&P+ Projection Margin Win Prob. S&P+ Pick (ATS) F/+ Projection F/+ Pick (ATS)
-18 West Virginia (36.6-27.5) 9.1 70.0% Baylor West Virginia by 11.7 Baylor

WEATHER FORECAST

Partly cloudy during tailgate and commuting time with temps in the low 40s. The sky will turn to overcast at kickoff and temps will get closer to freezing as the game goes on.

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Waco, Texas

Series History: Series tied 2-2

Last Year: No. 2 Baylor 62, West Virginia 38

SB Nation Blog: Our Daily Bears

Record: 6-5 (3-5 Big 12)

Head Coach: Jim Grobe (for now…)

NCAA Football: Baylor at Oklahoma Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • KD Cannon and Ishmael Zamora. Both of these guys make up most of Baylor’s receiving stats this season. Enter Rasul Douglas.
  • RUN DEFENSE. Believe it or not, Shock Linwood had Heisman talks surrounding him a couple of years ago...

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?

Three. I’m about as afraid of the Baylor Bears as I am of Disney’s Humphrey the Bear.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

With the way Baylor is reeling right now I don’t see a win for them. Saturday’s game should be a really festive atmosphere to celebrate this year’s surprisingly good season and nothing would be better than creaming this unethical football program.

West Virginia 45, Baylor 21

BOWL PROJECTIONS

Looking like a trip to Orlando, possibly against an old Big East rival!

WEBSITE BOWL GAME OPPONENT
247Sports Russell Athletic Bowl Louisville
Athlon Sports Russell Athletic Bowl Pitt
Bleacher Report Russell Athletic Bowl Louisville
Campus Insiders Russell Athletic Bowl Miami
CBS Sports Alamo Bowl USC
College Football News Russell Athletic Bowl Louisville
ESPN (Big 12/ACC blogs) Russell Athletic Bowl Louisville
ESPN (McMurphy) Russell Athletic Bowl Miami
ESPN (Schlabach) Russell Athletic Bowl Miami
Fox Sports Russell Athletic Bowl Miami
NBC Sports Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech
SB Nation Russell Athletic Bowl Florida State
Sports Illustrated Alamo Bowl Colorado
Sporting News Alamo Bowl USC
USA Today Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech