College Football Week 8 Predictions: Baylor Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

Baylor Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Saturday, 10/18/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Baylor -9.5
Current Betting Line:  Baylor -8.5
Opening Total:  78
Current Total:  80
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Baylor Bears are 0-2 ATS as road favorites of 7.5 to 10 points since 2012
The Baylor Bears are 0-2 ATS as road favorites of 7.5 to 10 points since 2012

Baylor has the second-best record in the nation behind the Florida State Seminoles over its last 23 games, as it comes off a thrilling 61-58 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs as seven-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Bears have started 6-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history, which can’t be ignored when making your Week 8 college football predictions, as they lead the country in averaging 52.7 points and 622.5 yards per game.  Baylor is 0-2 ATS as road favorites of 7.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Bears are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games played outside of Waco, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines, with both losses coming against top-15 opponents.  Baylor has outscored foes by an average of 23.9 points in the first half this season, which has been helped by pacing the country in racking up 30.5 first downs a contest.  Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Petty is sixth in the country with 21.6 points responsible for per game and 10th with 15.2 passing yards per completion.

West Virginia has captured four of its last five games since a season-opening loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide, as it returns home off a 37-34 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders as six-point road favorites.  The Mountaineers have produced a school-record five straight games with 500 or more yards of total offense, while they’ve gone over the 400-yard mark 29 times during the Dana Holgorsen era.  West Virginia is 2-4 SU and 2-3-1 ATS as underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points, with the OVER going 5-1 in that situation.

The Mountaineers also have a talented signal-caller, with senior Clint Trickett going over the 300-yard passing mark in a school-record seven consecutive affairs.  West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White is one of the best weapons in the country, as he’s the nation’s active leader in putting together 100 or more receiving yards in six consecutive games.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bears due to the Mountaineers being 1-4 SUATS in their last five games as home underdogs of 7.5 to 10 points.

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