- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

Baylor (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) at No. 14 West Virginia (9-2, 6-2), 3:30 p.m. (FS1).

Line: West Virginia by 17

Series Record: Tied 2-2

WHAT’S AT STAKE

West Virginia is going after its first 10-win season since 2011. Baylor has lost five straight and would like anything positive to happen right now in a tumultuous season.

KEY MATCHUP

Baylor’s rush defense against West Virginia’s backfield rotation. Four West Virginia running backs each have surpassed 100 yards in a game this season, led by Justin Crawford’s 331 yards against Oklahoma. Nagging injuries have slowed many of them, so who the Bears will see remains a mystery. Baylor has allowed 29 rushing TDs this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Baylor: RB Terence Williams. Going up against a West Virginia defense that has given up four 100-yard rushing performances in the last three games, the sophomore is 145 yards away from a 1,000-yard season.

West Virginia: QB Skyler Howard. Coming off a five-TD performance at Iowa State, the senior enters his final home game as West Virginia’s third all-time leading passer behind Geno Smith and Marc Bulger. Baylor’s defense allowed Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes to throw for 586 yards and six TDs last week.

FACTS & FIGURES

Baylor has allowed an average of 48 points in its five losses. … West Virginia is 2-0 at home against Baylor since joining the Big 12 in 2012. That year West Virginia won 70-63. … West Virginia WR Ka’Raun White has a broken leg suffered last week against Iowa State. He was second on the team with 48 catches and five TDs. … The Mountaineers have allowed the fewest touchdowns (30) in the Big 12. … This is likely the final regular-season game for Baylor acting coach Jim Grobe, a West Virginia native who said this week he has no plans to coach again after this season.

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