Baylor and West Virginia football face off for the sixth times as members of the Big 12 conference on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. Stay here for live scores, updates and analysis.
Head coach Matt Rhule is still searching for his first win in Waco, and last week was a setback. The Bears lost 59-16 to No. 14 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., which was the first blowout of the year. It will be critical to see how the Bears bounce back after a huge beatdown.
West Virginia has the talent and system to also post incredible numbers. Quarterback Will Grier is one of the nation’s most productive quarterbacks, while wide receiver David Sills leads the nation in receiving touchdowns.
Baylor-West Virginia live updates, score
Baylor-West Virginia game time, details
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Date: October 21, 2017
Location: McLane Stadium in Waco
Line: West Virginia by 9.5
What TV channel is Baylor-West Virginia on?
Baylor vs. West Virginia will be broadcast nationally on FS2, but could move to FS1. Click here to find out what channel FS2 is on your subscription.
How can I watch Baylor-West Virginia online?
Baylor vs. West Virginia can be streamed, where available, on Fox Sports Go with a valid cable or satellite subscription.
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Baylor-West Virginia preview, keys to the game
1. Establish running game. Baylor did a better job of moving the ball on the ground in the first quarter against Oklahoma State, and it showed. The Bears ran for 53 yards on the first drive of the game, which was the lone touchdown drive. In fact, Baylor averaged 38 rushing yards per drive on its four scoring drives. On all other drives, the Bears averaged just 6.7 rushing yards per drive. Running success sets up the offense.
2. Limit big plays. This is easier said than done for Baylor’s defense, considering the big play has been the bane of the Bears’ existence. Oklahoma State scored five touchdowns of 25 yards or more in Baylor’s 59-16 loss in Stillwater. Breakdowns – especially at safety – have been a much more significant part of Baylor’s defensive woes than the line. Against West Virginia, preventing the big play becomes even more critical against the elite offense.
3. Keep fighting. West Virginia has a super explosive offense, but the defense is susceptible at times. Even if West Virginia is able to make some big plays offensively, the Baylor offense has to keep grinding down the Mountaineer defense. West Virginia gave up nearly 300 rushing yards to Kansas RB Khalil Herbert, so the combination of Terence Williams and JaMycal Hasty could give the Mountaineers fits. But if the Bears stop fighting after they go down, this game will be over quickly.
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