The Baylor Bears are one of those teams in college football that you just can’t overlook when looking at the stat sheet. They have been dominant so far in 2013, leading to a 3-0 record through five weeks and they surely don’t miss Robert Griffin III all that much.
On the other side of the field, the West Virginia Mountaineers are coming off a big upset win at home against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. However, they are just 3-2 and underachieving more than any team in the Big 12 this season with poor play.
Baylor’s offense is the top unit in college football — by a good margin. Okay, so it’s only been three games, but the offense has been scary so far in 2013. Averaging 69.7 points per game and over 740 yards per game this season, the Bears look to be serious contenders in the Big 12. Bryce Petty has been the hero at quarterback, passing for 1,001 yards and eight touchdowns, leaving the games with big leads and allowing backup quarterback Seth Russell to gain some valuable experience. Lache Seastrunk leads the fifth best national rush offense with 417 yards and six touchdowns.
West Virginia doesn’t have quite the same electricity on offense. It is surely not the same offense that the Mountaineers ran out every week last season. Clint Trickett led the Mountaineers to a victory over the Cowboys in week five, but it will remain to be seen if he remains as the team’s starter. Paul Millard was the starter to begin the season, passing for 466 yards and a touchdown before losing his job to Ford Childress and now Trickett. This offense needs some serious work, however, moving forward — it scores just 20.4 points per contest.
Defensively, the Mountaineers allow just 345 yards to go along with just under 20 points per game. This is a tough Big 12 defense. Baylor has been even more successful on defense, allowing just 297 yards per contest and ranking second in the nation with just 7.7 points allowed average.
West Virginia will travel to Baylor to take on the Bears at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: West Virginia 24, Baylor 48