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Star running back CJ Donaldson and the West Virginia Mountaineers (2-3) meet the Baylor Bears (3-2) on Thursday at 7:00 PM ET, at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The Bears are favored, but by less than a touchdown (-3.5), against the Mountaineers. The over/under for this matchup is 54.5 points.
Game Info and Betting Lines for Baylor vs. West Virginia
- Game Day: Thursday, October 13, 2022
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
- Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
- Stadium: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium
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Baylor Betting Insights
- West Virginia’s ATS record is 3-2-0 this season.
- West Virginia is 1-1 against the spread when an underdog by 3.5 points or more this year.
- West Virginia has hit the over in three of their five games with a set total (60%).
Baylor Stats & Insights
- Baylor has the 47th-ranked offense this year (436.2 yards per game), and has been even more effective on defense, ranking 24th-best with just 320.0 yards allowed per game.
- Baylor is totaling 37.4 points per game offensively this year (27th in the FBS), and is surrendering 20.6 points per game (35th) on defense.
- On offense, Baylor ranks 67th in the FBS with 248.4 passing yards per game. Meanwhile, the defense ranks 64th in passing yards allowed per contest (223.2).
- Baylor owns the 39th-ranked offense this year in terms of rushing yards (187.8 per game), and has been more effective on defense, ranking 21st-best with just 96.8 rushing yards allowed per game.
- Baylor ranks 49th in third-down efficiency (43.8%) on offense and 46th in third-down percentage allowed (34.7%) on defense this season.
- Baylor has the 100th-ranked turnover margin in college football at even, forcing five turnovers (105th in the FBS) while turning it over five times (21st in the FBS).
Baylor’s Best Players
- Blake Shapen has thrown for 1,118 yards (223.6 ypg) to lead Baylor, completing 69.3% of his passes and tossing nine touchdown passes compared to three interceptions this season.
- Richard Reese has 400 rushing yards on 72 carries with seven touchdowns.
- Craig Williams has carried the ball 40 times for 184 yards (36.8 per game) and two touchdowns.
- Monaray Baldwin has hauled in 12 receptions for 261 yards (52.2 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. He’s found the end zone three times as a receiver.
- Hal Presley has hauled in 13 receptions totaling 182 yards, finding the end zone one time as a receiver so far this campaign.
- Gavin Holmes has compiled nine receptions for 180 yards, an average of 36.0 yards per game. He’s scored two times as a receiver this season.
- Bryson Jackson has racked up 2.0 sacks to lead the team, while also recording 3.0 TFL and six tackles.
- Al Walcott, Baylor’s tackle leader, has 17 tackles and 2.0 TFL this year.
- Christian Morgan has picked off a team-high two passes. He also has six tackles and two passes defended to his name.
West Virginia Betting Insights
- West Virginia has gone 3-2-0 ATS this season.
- In games they have played as at least 3.5-point underdogs this season, the Mountaineers are 1-1 against the spread.
- In West Virginia’s five games with a set total, three have hit the over (60%).
West Virginia Stats & Insights
- With 452.8 total yards per game on offense, West Virginia ranks 34th in the FBS in 2022. On defense, it ranks 31st, giving up 331.4 total yards per game.
- West Virginia’s offense has been dominant, piling up 38.2 points per game (25th-best) this season. Defensively, it ranks 91st by giving up 29.6 points per game.
- West Virginia ranks 43rd in the FBS with 266.6 passing yards per game on offense, and it ranks 71st with 230.8 passing yards allowed per game on defense.
- West Virginia ranks 41st in the FBS with 186.2 rushing yards per game, but it has been lifted up by its defense, which ranks 24th-best by giving up only 100.6 rushing yards per contest.
- West Virginia ranks 25th-worst in third-down conversion rate allowed (43.3%), but at least it has been surging on the offensive side of the ball, ranking 16th-best in third-down rate (49.4%).
- With three forced turnovers (123rd in the FBS) and five turnovers committed (21st in the FBS) this season, West Virginia ranks 100th in the FBS with a turnover margin of -2.
West Virginia’s Best Players
- JT Daniels has put up 1,199 passing yards, or 239.8 per game, so far this season. He has completed 64.1% of his passes and has recorded eight touchdowns with two interceptions.
- Donaldson has carried the ball 56 times for 389 yards, with six touchdowns.
- Tony Mathis has run for 296 yards across 70 attempts, scoring three touchdowns.
- Bryce Ford-Wheaton has registered 35 receptions this season and his team-high yardage total sits at 412 (82.4 yards per game). He’s been targeted 58 times and has four touchdowns.
- Sam James has caught 20 passes and compiled 305 receiving yards (61.0 per game) with two touchdowns.
- Kaden Prather’s 28 grabs (on 42 targets) have netted him 260 yards (52.0 ypg) and two touchdowns.
- Dante Stills has collected 2.5 sacks to pace the team, while also recording 2.0 TFL and nine tackles.
- West Virginia’s leading tackler, Lee Kpogba, has 30 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and one sack this year.
- Jacolby Spells has a team-high one interception to go along with one pass defended.