Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers - Baylor Bears

One selector vaulted to the top of the standings last week by going against the grain. Could there be a similar move this week? The thoughts and analysis of our crew on the West Virginia - Baylor game are open for perusal.

Chris Richardson Last Week: W Season: 5-0 Point Differential: 102
No need to overthink this one. Baylor is a great team, and better in every phase of the game. West Virginia is reeling yet again in Big 12 play. It will not be a joyous afternoon in Waco for the old gold and blue.
  Baylor 56-28  
Andy Easton Last Week: L Season: 4-1 Point Differential: 81
WVU faces its third ranked opponent in as many weeks. The last two weeks the Mountaineers have shown they have the talent to play with the better teams in the country, but they have also proven they lack the discipline and consistency to win.
  Baylor 45-27  
Matt Keller Last Week: L Season: 4-1 Point Differential: 89
It's possible West Virginia plays this closer than expected. There's a bad vibe around the program - primarily from the fan base - and some of that is legit, and some of it isn't. The Mountaineers lost to an undefeated, top 20 team, not Iowa State or Kansas. But if it expects to indeed compete in the Big 12, those are the types of games it has to win. Still, steal one of the next two, and the Mountaineers are back on track. If it can't get better quarterback play, though, the odds are slim to none. WVU's defense once again plays solidly, but the offense doesn't have quite enough punch, having to base most everything around its ground game.
  Baylor 41-27  
Connor Murray Last Week: L Season: 4-1 Point Differential: 95
Simply put: There is too much firepower on Baylor's offense for WVU to deal with. Seth Russell and Corey Coleman have big days against WVU's secondary in a Baylor romp.
  Baylor 55-31  
Greg Hunter Last Week: L Season: 4-1 Point Differential: 98
Admittedly Baylor hasn’t faced a truly strong opponent yet. But recent history shows how good BU can be, and this appears a worthy successor to the RGIII/Bryce Petty models. WVU’s offense will probably be able to score points (it’s averaged 51 vs. BU), but without Karl Joseph, WVU’s defense will be hard pressed to slow down a Bear offense currently averaging an astounding 64.2 ppg.
  Baylor 48-31  
Jonathan Martin Last Week: L Season: 4-1 Point Differential: 104
I said last week, though early in the season, West Virginia’s game against Oklahoma State was a must win. I meant that. Now, it's faced with the No. 2 team in the country, on the road, having lost two consecutive contests. I anticipate the Mountaineers will stick around for a while, because I believe their defense will play well enough to slow the Bears for a while. But this isn’t going to end well.
  Baylor 52-27  
Jane Donovan
Last Week: L Season: 3-2 Point Differential: 84
Rather than wringing their hands about plays not made, chances not taken, sacks not averted, can the Mountaineers salvage anything from the oppressive October schedule? Can something less than a blow-out at Baylor give them courage and confidence to face the rest of the season without folding their tents and collapsing? Avoiding another horrible injury would be a good start. Otherwise, pass the pepperoni rolls. It could be a long rest of the month.
  Baylor 45-31  
Brian Jolliff Last Week: L Season: 3-2 Point Differential: 86
Coming off of a whipping at Oklahoma and a crushing loss at home to Oklahoma State, I don't have much confidence in this week's road matchup with the Baylor Bears. I've got the same record as the Mountaineers this season at 3-2, but I expect that not to hold out this weekend. Two different teams going in opposite directions -- and the with the Bears playing at home, I don't think this game will be in question.
  Baylor 45-24  
Roger "C.J." Harvey Last Week: L Season: 3-2 Point Differential: 98
West Virginia lost its lone home game in the month of October. Now, the Mountaineers have to travel to Waco, Texas and dethrone No. 2 Baylor. A tough task for WVU, to say the least. Baylor's extreme penalty numbers were a big contributor to WVU's win last year, giving up 215 yards. I doubt that happens again. A high scoring Baylor offense will keep the Mountaineer defense guessing. WVU won't get the stops needed for the offense to keep up. West Virginia will fight hard, but come up short.
  Baylor 42-27  

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