- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

No. 4 Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) at West Virginia (4-2, 2-1), noon (Fox Sports 1)

Line: Baylor by 8 1/2.

Series Record: Tied 1-1.


The winner of the teams’ two previous meetings scored at least 70 points, and another high-scoring game could be in store. Baylor is tied with Oklahoma State atop the Big 12 standings and cannot afford a letdown after a last-second win against TCU. The Bears earned blowout wins in their two other conference road games. West Virginia is looking to surpass its 2013 win total and faces its third top-five opponent this season.


Baylor’s pass rush vs. the Mountaineers’ offensive line. Give West Virginia QB Clint Trickett time to throw, and he’s made defenses pay for it. Trickett is third nationally with 2,203 passing yards and has thrown for at least 300 yards in every game. Baylor is averaging 3.5 sacks while West Virginia is allowing two per game.


Baylor: QB Bryce Petty. After throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown with 11:38 left against TCU, Petty brought the Bears back from a 21-point deficit. He finished with a career-best 510 passing yards and six TDs.

West Virginia: WR Kevin White leads the nation with 888 receiving yards and is second with 62 receptions. He’s had at least 100 yards in every game. The Mountaineers would like to find him in the end zone more. He has five of the team’s 12 TD catches.


The last time Baylor came to Morgantown in 2012, West Virginia won 70-63 in the highest-scoring game in Big 12 history. A year ago in Waco, Texas, Baylor had a conference-record 864 yards in a 73-42 win over the Mountaineers. … Baylor has the nation’s most prolific offense at 623 yards per game and is averaging nearly 252 yards on the ground, led by Shock Linwood’s 105 yards per game. … West Virginia’s offense has sputtered at times inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. The Mountaineers have 11 TDs on 26 red-zone trips. … West Virginia’s two losses were to No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 7 Alabama.

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