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CFB : First Half Matchup
Thursday 10/25/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



BAYLOR (4 - 3) at W VIRGINIA (5 - 1)
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Week 9 Thursday, 10/25/2018 7:00 PM
Board First Half
BAYLOR - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-3+0.73-44-233.116.0475.0(6.1)
Road Games1-202-12-129.013.0438.3(5.3)1.036.321.3417.0(6.5)0.7
Last 3 Games1-201-22-129.010.3459.3(5.1)1.341.021.7488.0(7.5)1.3
Turf Games3-2-0.32-32-232.416.6467.6(6.3)
Conference Games2-2+12-22-228.213.5456.2(5.4)1.032.516.2433.7(6.9)1.0
BAYLOR - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.29.716.821.130:2738-170(4.5)19-3260.2%250(7.7)70-419(6)(14.1)
Offense Road Games29.013.026.033:2334-85(2.5)29-4860.4%353(7.4)82-438(5.3)(15.1)
Defense (All Games)31.017.319.426:4533-190(5.7)18-3159.2%218(7)64-408(6.3)(13.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.28.915.319.629:2736-172(4.8)19-3260.9%218(6.9)67-389(5.8)(13.5)
Defense Road Games36.321.321.026:3733-148(4.5)20-3262.1%269(8.5)64-417(6.5)(11.5)

W VIRGINIA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-1+0.64-22-436.820.8464.3(7.1)1.820.58.5359.8(5.3)1.5
Home Games3-0+12-11-241.721.0532.7(7.3)
Last 3 Games2-1-1.41-21-231.323.3383.3(5.9)1.728.712.3415.7(5.6)2.3
Turf Games4-0+23-12-241.724.5521.7(7.1)
Conference Games3-1-0.42-21-332.222.7403.5(6.2)
W VIRGINIA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)36.820.823.228:2733-144(4.3)23-3370.4%320(9.8)66-464(7.1)(12.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.30.916.621.629:5737-173(4.7)20-3361.5%257(7.8)70-430(6.2)(13.9)
Offense Home Games41.721.026.030:0138-191(5.1)25-3570.8%341(9.7)73-533(7.3)(12.8)
Defense (All Games)20.58.520.731:3237-141(3.8)19-3160.9%218(7.1)68-360(5.3)(17.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.812.220.131:5838-153(4)18-3060.9%223(7.5)68-376(5.5)(14)
Defense Home Games15.04.717.329:5933-102(3.1)17-2957.5%197(6.8)62-299(4.8)(19.9)
Average power rating of opponents played: BAYLOR 33.1,  W VIRGINIA 31.8
BAYLOR - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/1/2018ABILENE CHRISTIAN55-27W-41L -36-29518-28-311127-22027-40-2461
9/8/2018@ UTSA37-20W-16.5W54.5O31-9127-41-403126-9818-33-1571
9/29/2018@ OKLAHOMA33-66L21L69.5O38-7740-63-416131-17517-23-4320
10/6/2018KANSAS ST37-34W-3.5L54.5O48-26130-45-296235-31915-26-1493
10/13/2018@ TEXAS17-23L14W59U34-8820-40-240141-17024-39-2191
10/25/2018@ W VIRGINIA            
11/3/2018OKLAHOMA ST            
11/10/2018@ IOWA ST            
11/24/2018TEXAS TECH            

W VIRGINIA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2018YOUNGSTOWN ST52-17W-33W63.5O46-28922-29-336136-13611-24-1571
9/22/2018KANSAS ST35-6W-15W61.5U28-10825-36-356436-9118-29-2271
9/29/2018@ TEXAS TECH42-34W-3.5W75.5O32-11927-41-370042-16825-47-2953
10/13/2018@ IOWA ST14-30L-5.5L54.5U27-5211-15-100147-24418-25-2541
11/3/2018@ TEXAS            
11/17/2018@ OKLAHOMA ST            
BAYLOR: There were plenty of reasons to look away from the Baylor Bears and their 1-11 campaign in 2017. Believe it or not (and like it or not), Matt Rhule's team might be relevant again already. It's a little hard to tell, given the utter chaos of last season's lineup, but some key pieces appeared to fall into place. Quarterback Charlie Brewer was downright good in the starting job as a freshman. Wideout Denzel Mims topped 1,000 yards receiving and will be joined at receiver by ex-Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd. Rhule undoubtedly has plenty of work ahead of him still, but Vegas setting the Bears' preseason win total at 6 accurately reflects a generally bullish attitude in the college football world toward this team.
W VIRGINIA: There are plenty of legitimate questions in Morgantown, which is why preseason hype for the Mountaineers has been met with a backlash of equal intensity. Dependably excellent RB Justin Crawford is gone, depth is severely lacking on both sides of the ball, and the schedule is painful to even look at. Back to that hype, though: Will Grier might be the best quarterback in the country, and David Sills V could make a case for best wide receiver. Given that Grier is protected by a battle-tested O-line and Sills is surrounded by several other legit weapons at wideout, it's perfectly reasonable to believe WVU could hit double-digit wins.
No. 13 West Virginia hopes to bounce back against Baylor

No. 13 West Virginia has had an open week to lick its proverbial wounds as it looks to return to its winning ways when it hosts improving Baylor on Thursday night as Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W. Va.

The Mountaineers (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) will have to improve across the board to wipe away the bad taste that came with a definitive 30-14 loss on Oct. 13 at Iowa State. That dropped them from the ranks of the unbeaten and likely doomed the fleeting Heisman Trophy chances for quarterback Will Grier.

Everything that could go wrong did for West Virginia in that defeat, which is even more difficult to fathom because Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said his team was ready to play and play well.

"You know what's weird is I felt like we were ready to play," Holgorsen said. "You look at the way we played, we didn't have loafs, we didn't have lack of effort, which is weird because we got whooped. But you're not going to see panic out of our players, or, in particular, our senior leaders. This is going to motivate us more than it's going to discourage us, I can guarantee you that."

West Virginia's vaunted offense was limited to just 152 total yards on 42 snaps, an average of 3.6 yards per play. The Mountaineers' longest play was a 26-yard run by Kennedy McCoy. Grier completed 11 of 15 passes for only 100 yards with one touchdown and an interception. It was his worst passing performance in 17 career games at West Virginia.

"There were a lot of times there wasn't anything Will could do," Holgorsen explained. "He got frustrated because there wasn't anybody to throw to, and he missed a couple of reads.

"When you're one of the top quarterbacks in the country, there are throws that I think you could make even when guys are covered, so he has to trust his ability and continue to trigger those throws and not worry about some bad things that could potentially happen."

Baylor heads to the Allegany Mountains on the heels of a 23-17 road loss to then-No. 7 Texas on Oct. 13. The Bears (4-3, 2-2) had late chances to win in Austin, throwing three times into the end zone after moving to the Texas 17-yard line in the final seconds.

"The biggest lesson our players learned from the loss to Texas is that you can't win big-time football games against big-time teams on the road when you make a ton of mistakes," Baylor coach Matt Ruhle said Monday. "The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. If you want to be great, you have to learn how to be great every day. They were certainly disappointed after that game, but I think it's the lessons that they learned that are important."

While a win over Texas would have been a major step, the Bears are a confident team that's ready to continue its fight for bowl eligibility. Baylor has focused on the fundamentals in its open week since the loss to the Longhorns.

"The bye weeks are all about getting back and taking a few days, resting, and watching a lot of film, and having a couple of nice, concise physical practices," Baylor offensive lineman Blake Blackmar said. "It's all about pounding little fundamentals that you kind of regressed on since fall camp. We're going to work on taking that next step."

Since joining the Big 12, the Bears have gone 0-3 in road games at West Virginia, including a 41-27 loss in 2014 for the only regular-season defeat in Baylor's Big 12 championship season.

Last Updated: 10/15/2019 3:43:21 PM EST

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