Preview: Baylor at West Virginia

West Virginia looks to bounce back from a thorough beating when the No. 12 Mountaineers host Baylor on Thursday night in Big 12 play. West Virginia opened the season with five straight victories before getting outgained 498-152 in a 30-14 loss to Iowa State on Oct. 13.

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The Mountaineers had a bye while they were nursing their pride and coach Dana Holgorsen is confident his team his ready to move on. “A lot of eyes will be on us to see how we respond to what happened up at Iowa State, so I’m looking forward to seeing us as well,” Holgorsen said during a press conference. “I think our guys are determined and it showed out there at practice. I think we’ll be ready to put our best foot forward.” Baylor also is coming off a bye and gave Texas a good battle before losing 23-17 in its last outing. “Going into Morgantown on a Thursday night will be raucous,” Bears coach Matt Rhule said during a press conference. “We better have the mentality where we can eliminate distractions and focus on the game and just take it one play at a time. West Virginia will make some big plays and we want to limit those big plays.”

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS1. LINE: West Virginia -14

ABOUT BAYLOR (4-3, 2-2 Big 12): The Bears are averaging 33.4 points per game and have topped 30 on four occasions behind the steadiness of quarterback Charlie Brewer. The sophomore has passed for 1,798 yards and 10 touchdowns against three interceptions while senior Jalen Hurd has been his favorite target with 47 receptions for 622 yards and three touchdowns. But the defense has been shaky by allowing 31 points per game – including a season-worst 66 versus Oklahoma – while sophomore defensive tackle James Lynch is enjoying a solid campaign with a team-best four sacks.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (5-1, 3-1): Senior quarterback Will Grier has thrown for 1,919 yards and 22 touchdowns against seven interceptions this season but passed for just 100 yards and one touchdown in a subpar performance against Iowa State. “They played us really hard and outplayed us in a lot of areas, and that was frustrating,” Grier said in a press conference. “We have to be able to produce better. We have to move the chains, we have to score points. That was frustrating, but it’s over and done with. We’ve all moved on to Baylor.” The Mountaineers allow an average of 20.5 points per game with junior outside linebacker David Long Jr. having a strong season with 10.5 tackles for loss, including three sacks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. West Virginia has won four of the six meetings, including a 38-36 road victory last season.

2. Grier passed for 375 yards and five touchdowns – including three to now-senior WR David Sills V – in last season’s game with Baylor.

3. Bears junior WR Denzel Mims has 100 career receptions – the 18th player in school history to reach the milestone.

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NCAA Basketball Iowa St. vs Baylor

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# 15 Ranked Iowa State will try to remain on the same momentum and win back to back games for the first time since last month, as they visit the 22nd seed Baylor on Tuesday night. Both teams are currently tied for 4th in the BIG 12 but Iowa State are coming back from a huge win this Saturday over then # 24 Texas 85-75. It was a relief for the Cyclones having dropped 3 out of 4 before their game this weekend. Monte Morris had a tremendous game and season high 24 points while Jameel Mackay’s return from suspension certainly helped the Cyclones with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks.

 

The Baylor Bears will hope to find their stride after their defeat to Texas Tech on Saturday 84-66. For them as well, it was their 3rd setback in 4 games. They will need to gain their form back if they want to beat the Cyclones again like they did in early January 94-89 amidst a 5 game winning streak during that stretch. The Bears will need to contain somehow the 50.2% shooting percentage from Iowa State, as well as big man George Niang, averaging 20 points over the past games and his teammate Monte Morris who leads the BIG 12 in assists average with 7. They will count on their leading scorer Taurean Prince who averages 17.5 points the past 2 games and 15.1 on the year as well as their big inside man, Rico Gathers who leads the BIG 12 in rebounds averaging 10.2 a game with 12.4 points.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 12-29-2015

LSU Tigers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-29-2015

 

The Texas Bowl will feature the Texas Tech Red Raiders to meet the LSU Tigers. College football draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Tuesday December 29th to follow the results of their one day real money fantasy picks.

 

LSU has been a one dimensional team on the year and it costs the team when they stepped up in competition. The team is 9-3 and suffered three straight losses down the stretch to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. They picked up a 19-7 victory against Texas A&M to close out the regular season but the 19 points were the most they scored in their final four games of the regular season. The Tigers get the luck of the draw as they face one of the worst defenses in the bowls in the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders are 126th against the run and a layup for a much maligned LSU offense to look good.

 

Texas Tech is the top passing team from college football passing for 389 yards per game. They should have success in this game moving the football on the Tigers who rank 50th from college football in defending the pass.

 

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The best player on the field in this game and the top NFL prospect is LSU running back Leonard Fournette. He has rushed for 1741 yards on the campaign with 18 touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and should have a field day running on the bad Texas Tech defense. This game will be a showcase game for Fournette to get the Tigers fans fired up for the 2016 campaign as they get at least another year from their sophomore running back.

 

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Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes improved greatly from his freshman campaign. He completed 65% of his throws for 4283 yards with 32 touchdowns and 14 picks. He is also rewards fantasy football general managers with his running ability as he rushed for 484 yards and ten touchdowns on the campaign. Mahomes has passed for three touchdowns or greater in three of his past four games. The Red Raiders signal caller has also thrown for over 300 yards in seven of his past nine games.

 

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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Baylor Bears College Football Fantasy Preview 12-29-2015

 

The Russell Athletic Bowl features the Baylor Bears against the North Carolina Tar Heels. DFS draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 5:30PM Eastern Time on Tuesday December 29th to track the scoring results of their college football fantasy daily picks.

 

The Baylor Bears had much higher aspirations than the Russell Athletic Bowl. This team has a single goal and that is to make the playoffs and it was another year of disappointment. Their offense has struggled as they have been hit with several injuries to their quarterback position that saw the team have to play a fourth stringer.

 

North Carolina had a very successful season at 11-2. They were tenth in the nation in scoring offense by averaging nearly 41 points per game. They are competing against the 76th ranked pass defensive team that gives up 232 yards per game.

 

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Big play wide receiver Mack Hollins led the Tar Heels with 28 catches for 711 yards with eight touchdowns. He faced off against several good defensive teams in the ACC but will find the pass coverage much softer in this spot. Hollins caught five balls for 165 yards against a defensively challenged Duke Blue Devils team and had three touchdown catches against Wake Forest.

 

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Russell Athletic Bowl
North Carolina vs. Baylor

Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy sports site is proud to provide our preview of the Russell Athletic Bowl which feature North Carolina and Baylor. We predict that North Carolina will have an easy time over Baylor taking the game with a score 41-28. Play your fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com

North Carolina goes after its school-record 12th victory of the season when it takes on injury-plagued Baylor at the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando, Fla. The No. 10 Tar Heels lost their opener to South Carolina and won 11 consecutive games before dropping the ACC Championship game 45-37 against No. 1 Clemson. North Carolina has won 11 contests for the fourth time (also 1972, 1980 and 1997) and faces the No. 17 Bears, who lost three of the last four games.

Four different quarterbacks have been under center this season for Baylor and freshman Jarrett Stidham (broken ankle) is not expected to be ready, which will hand the start to Chris Johnson. The sophomore won’t be able to look in the direction of Biletnikoff Award winner Corey Coleman (74 receptions, 1,363 yards and a nation-leading 20 touchdowns), who has been ruled out due to a sports hernia. Coach Art Briles also announced that running back Shock Linwood (1,329 yards rushing, 10 TDs) would not play against North Carolina due to a broken foot.

There’s no doubt who will be at the helm for North Carolina as senior quarterback Marquise Williams attempts to end his final campaign with another strong performance. Williams is one of five ACC players in history to accumulate more than 10,000 yards of offense and threw 12 of his 21 touchdown passes this season in the last six games while suffering only two interceptions in that span. The 6-2, 225-pound Williams has also rushed for 867 yards and 11 scores in 2015, and has been responsible for a school-record 94 touchdowns in his career.

NORTH CAROLINA Season Overview (11-2, 8-0 ACC): Sophomore running back Elijah Hood is one of the biggest reasons the Tar Heels are having one of their best years, rushing for 1,345 yards and 17 touchdowns. With All-American guard Landon Turner leading the way, Hood and Williams have averaged more than six yards per carry while senior Quinshad Davis is one reception away from 200 in his career. North Carolina is averaging 40.9 points with a school-record 532 and its defense (22.6 against) is much improved from 2014, when it allowed 39 points and almost 500 yards per contest.

BAYLOR Season Overview (9-3, 6-3 Big 12): The Bears lead the nation in scoring (48.0) and total offense (604.6 yards) despite losing starting quarterback Seth Russell (2,104 yards, 29 TD passes) in the seventh game with a neck injury. Stidham completed 68.8 percent of his passes (12 scores, two interceptions) and Johnson has thrown only 38 times while KD Cannon (46 catches, 828 yards, six TDs) and Jay Lee (36, 726, eight) still give the Bears two top targets without Coleman. Johnny Jefferson, who rushed for 158 yards in the regular-season finale against Texas and has 701 overall, will lead the running attack with Linwood out.

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Baylor Bears versus Oklahoma St Cowboys College Football Fantasy Picks 11-21-2015

A nice one is scheduled from the Big 12 conference on Saturday November 21st as the Oklahoma St Cowboys will be hosting the Baylor Bears. Fantasy college football draft GMs can tune to FOX TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

The Oklahoma St Cowboys have a lot at stake in their next two games. The team is a perfect 10-0 and has two heavyweights left in Baylor on Saturday along with Oklahoma in two weeks following their bye week. The home team has dominated this series the past five seasons and have put up 41 or greater points in each of their wins. The Cowboys survived a close call last week in their come from behind victory at Iowa St by the score of 35-31. Oklahoma St had to bounce back from a 24-7 deficit in the second quarter. At issues for the Cowboys was their defense against the run as the Hawkeyes were able to gain 249 rushing yards for 6.6 yards a carry. Oklahoma St tightened up their defense in the second half in their victory by allowing just a touchdown to Iowa St in the second half of play. The team has had some close calls with four games decided by four points or less at the end of regulation time. Cowboys are seventh ranked in scoring on the season as they push across 43.6 points per game on the season.

Baylor has to overcome the heartbreak of a single loss as the team was defeated last week at home to Oklahoma 44-34. The loss most likely will keep the Bears out of any playoff discussion for the remainder of the season. Turnovers were a factor in the loss as the team committed three for the game and forced none from the Sooners. They faced a hot Oklahoma team who hadn’t lost since early in the year to Texas. Baylor has the style points on offense as the team is first in total and scoring offense from college football. They put up 637 yards along with 54.8 points per game on the season. Defensively the Bears have allowed over 40 points just once and it came last week in their loss to Oklahoma.

Baylor Bears QB:

Jarrett Stidham

The freshman quarterback has been inserted into the starting lineup with the season long injury to Seth Russell. Stidham is completing 71.6% of his throws for 1007 yards with 11 touchdowns and 2 picks. He has seen significant action as a starter in two games. The team is 1-1 scoring 31 points in a win at Kansas St and losing last week 44-34 at home to Oklahoma. In the loss to the Sooners the freshman QB hit on 59.3% of his throws for 257 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.

Baylor Bears RB:

Shock Linwood

Linwood has carried the football 155 times on the year with 1149 yards with nine rushing touchdowns. He has eight catches out of the backfield for 56 yards and a touchdown. He had 21 carries for 103 yards last week. Linwood has no rushing touchdowns in his past two games.

Baylor Bears WR:

Corey Coleman

The Bears junior wide out leads the team with 61 receptions for 1229 yards with 20 touchdowns. Last week in the loss to Oklahoma, Coleman had a season low three receptions for 51 yards. Two weeks ago he caught 11 balls for 216 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas St.

Oklahoma St QB:

Mason Rudolph

The Cowboys sophomore quarterback is hitting on 64.4% of his throws for 3161 yards with 18 touchdowns and 8 picks. He had a single touchdown throw last week at Iowa St as he threw for 327 yards. Two weeks ago at home to TCU Rudolph completed five touchdown passes.

Oklahoma St RB:

Chris Carson

Carson leads Oklahoma St with 108 carries on the season as he has rushed for 446 yards and four touchdowns.

Oklahoma St WR:

James Washington

The sophomore wide out has been efficient catching 40 balls for 820 yards with seven touchdowns. Washington is averaging 20.5 yards per reception.

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QB: Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma St)

RB: Shock Linwood (Baylor)

WR: James Washington (Oklahoma St)

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Oklahoma Sooners versus Baylor Bears College Football Fantasy Picks 11-14-2015

A monster matchup for fantasy college football draft managers to pick a roster from is the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Baylor Bears. DFS can tune to ABC TV on Saturday night November 14th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league picks.

The past two meetings between these teams resulted in huge wins by Baylor each time. In 2013 it was Baylor with the 41-12 home victory and last year the Bears crushed the Sooners again but this time it was 48-14 at Oklahoma.

The Sooners have just one blemish on their record as the team enters play with a mark of 8-1. After their 24-17 loss to Texas the Oklahoma Sooners have flexed their muscles on the scoreboard with four straight wins and scoring no fewer than 52 points in the process. The team is sixth best from college football in total offense by averaging 549 yards per game. Last week they hosted the Iowa St Cyclones and produced a 52-16 victory. They poured it on in the second half by scoring 31 points. The offense was balanced with 405 yards passing and 279 coming from their ground game for over seven yards a carry.

Baylor has a perfect record of 8-0 on the season. They are the top offense in the league and score the most points from college football. The team averages 665 yards along with 57 points per game. Baylor last played on a Thursday night on November 5th as they earned the 31-24 victory that saw the Bears put up the least amount of points this season. Despite the low point total for the Bears they still managed 522 offensive yards and 419 threw the air. The team has a very difficult schedule to close the regular season. Following this Oklahoma game the Bears travel to Oklahoma St and TCU on a short week before closing out their regular season with a home game to Texas.

Oklahoma Sooners QB:

Baker Mayfield

The Sooners quarterback is hitting on 70% of his throws for 2812 yards with 28 touchdowns and four picks. Mayfield had a huge game against Iowa St last week by completing 74% of his throws for 342 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and one pick over his past four games.

Oklahoma Sooners RB:

Samaje Perine

The Oklahoma sophomore running back has run for 806 yards on 140 carries and ten touchdowns. He is averaging 5.8 yards per attempt on the season. Three weeks ago Perine had 201 rushing yards and four carries. Last week Perine had 13 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown with a 7.3 yards per rush average.

Oklahoma Sooners WR:

Sterling Shepard

Shepard leads the Sooners with 47 catches for 826 yards with seven touchdowns. The senior wide out has seen significant action in all four years of play. He is averaging 17.6 yards per catch. He caught four balls for 94 yards and a touchdown last week in their win against Iowa St.

Baylor Bears QB:

Jarrett Stidham

The freshman quarterback is completing 77% of his passes for 750 yards with nine touchdowns and no picks. Stidham threw for 419 yards last week in the win against Kansas St with three touchdowns and nearly a 70% completion percentage. Starting quarterback Seth Russell is out for the year with a broken bone in his neck.

Baylor Bears RB:

Shock Linwood

Lindwood leads the Bears in rushing with 1046 yards on 134 carries with nine touchdowns. He is averaging 7.8 yards per carry on the season which is nearly two yards greater than his run average in 2014. Linwood has rushed for over 100 yards in five of his eight games this year.

Baylor Bears WR:

Corey Coleman

The junior wide out for Baylor is leading the team with 58 catches for 1178 yards with 20 touchdown catches. Coleman is averaging nearly 20.3 yards per reception. In the win against Kansas St, Coleman had 11 grabs for 216 yards and two touchdowns.

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QB: Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma Sooners)

RB: Shock Linwood (Baylor Bears)

WR: Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma Sooners)

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