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WVi Staff Predictions: No. 25 Baylor at No. 9 WVU


Game 4 Outlook: Baylor at WVU
Scott Grayson West Virginia finally arrives in Big 12 play and delivers a win in an exciting game. If you love offense, you will not want to leave your seat. It sounds cliche, but the team that wins the turnover battle will win this game. WVU forces two Baylor turnovers and wins the turnover battle. Geno Smith remains the Heisman frontrunner passing for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns. Shawne Alston rushes for more than 100 yards and a touchdown in his return. This game remains close into the fourth quarter before WVU finally pulls away. 62-45 WVU

Scott's Season Record: 3-0

Geoff Coyle I've gone back and forth on this game since the schedule was announced. This is the litmus test and the success or lack thereof will go a long way in determining what lies ahead for the Mountaineers. WVU will face its first deficit, and multiple times, in this one, but the home crowd and the adrenaline on the sideline will keep Holgorsen's crew in it. A shootout, yes, but I leave the scoring in the 40s. Geno's first "real" test, and he will pass. No pun intended. West Virginia will forego fourth down attempts to get points.
44-38 WVU

Geoff's Season Record: 3-0

Matt Allevato While the Mountaineers are competing in their first ever Big 12 conference game on Saturday, they'll also be facing their first ranked opponent of the young season.  The Bears pose a threat offensively that the Mountaineer defense hasn't seen since lining up against Clemson in January's Orange Bowl.  Head coach Art Briles has done a tremendous job with senior quarterback Nick Florence, and he has a bevy of fast, talented wideouts to make plays after the catch.  Terrance Williams is one of the nation's fastest receivers and along with Tevin Reese, the WVU cornerbacks will have to step up their level of play if they want to keep the duo from getting loose too many times.  Expect the sold-out crowd to play a big part in this game as the Mountaineers narrowly edge the Bears in a close game that's not decided until the fourth quarter.
45-34 WVU

Matt's Season Record: 3-0

Von Barclay The Maryland game brought us all back down to Earth for a little bit on Saturday.  I, like just about everybody else, was way off on my prediction. The WVU offense is going to get back on track this week, though. Baylor is going to put up points, but I don't think the Bears can do enough to stop West Virginia's offense. The atmosphere should be electric for the first Big 12 game, and the fans will be going home happy. 48-34 WVU

Von's Season Record: 3-0

Jess McCadam With this being not only the Mountaineers first game against a Big 12 opponent, but also being a home game at Mountaineer Field, I am going with adrenaline and excitement to help pull WVU to a big win this Saturday against Baylor. Sure, this Mountaineer team has already proven to be talented beyond words, but above that, people want to know if they can not only win, but dominate in a new conference. I think so. I can already hear the roar of the crowd as WVU not only shows that they belong in the Big 12, but that they are contenders to win the conference title. 55-38 WVU

Jess' Season Record: 3-0

Aaron Williams With both teams near the top of the Big 12 in offense and near the bottom in defense, expect to see a lot of points scored in this one.  While WVU's defense hasn't been great, it hasn't struggled the way Baylor's has against mediocre opponents.  The combination of Baylor's lack of defense and the return of Shawne Alston will be the difference. 45-38 WVU

Aaron's Season Record: 3-0

Sean Manning This is the moment Mountaineer fans, coaches and players have been waiting for.  While Baylor comes in ranked for the first time this season, WVU is out to prove a point this Saturday.  There will be a ton of offense from both teams, but with the energy from the Mountaineer Field crowd and just flat out being the better team, West Virginia gets a win in their first Big 12 game. 49-35 WVU

Sean's Season Record: 3-0

Michael Ploger It's not such a smooth transition into the first Big 12 game, but the Mountaineers will get it done.  Baylor will challenge the WVU secondary with big plays throughout the game.  The Mountaineer offense will have to play flawlessly late in the game in order to pull off the win.  A late touchdown by J.D. Woods puts the game out of reach for the Baylor Bears.  WVU becomes 1-0 in conference play as they head to Austin next week.
42-31 WVU

Michael's Season Record: 3-0

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