What a day we have before us. As a programming note, we will have separate game threads for the football and basketball games, both of which start at 2:30 PM. My guess is that one will be a little more full than the other.
If you're headed south for the basketball game (and I highly suggest that you go, if you can!), safe travels on your way!
FOOTBALL VS. #16 WEST VIRGINIA
NR/NR/NR BAYLOR (6-5, 3-5) vs. 14/13/18 West Virginia (9-2, 6-2)
Dec. 3, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. CT
Morgantown, W. Va. | Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000)
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The Bears travel to Morgantown today for the last game of our regular season against the #16 (according to the CFB Playoff rankings) Mountaineers of West Virginia. Baylor will try to end a 5-game skid since getting bowl eligible against Kansas nearly two months ago, but chances don't look good. As of this writing, WVU is a 17.5-point favorite, and that's actually up from the 14 points where the line opened.
If Baylor is going to have a chance in this one, it will have to reverse several disturbing trends from recent games, particularly on the offense, and get a career game (in a short career, mind you) from Zach Smith in what will be a very hostile environment. The defense will also have to play significant better against the run and pass than it has in recent weeks, and there's not a lot of reason to think that will happen. WVU is going for a 10-win season and a chance at their highest ranking to end the year in quite some time. They should be extremely motivated against a team that may not be.
Football Closes Regular Season in Morgantown - Baylor Official Athletic Site
The Official Athletic Site of the Baylor University - In its final regular season game, Baylor travels to Morgantown, W. Va., for a 2:30 p.m. CT contest against 14th-ranked West Virginia on FOX Sports 1.
Grobe, Baylor face steep mountain in regular season finale at West Virginia - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Jim Grobe will coach his final regular-season game in his home state when Baylor faces West Virginia on Saturday afternoon.
WVU gunning for 10th win | College Sports | register-herald.com
MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen understands work comes first and work in this final week of the 2016 regular college football season is comprised of beating Baylor.
West Virginia's regular-season finale loses some of its luster | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Mountaineers couldn’t match their early-season success, making today’s Big 12 finale not as important as it could’ve been.
BASKETBALL VS. #7 XAVIER
|No. 9/11 Baylor (7-0) vs. No. 7/7 Xavier (7-0)
Dec. 3, 2016 | 2:31 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
WATCH: ESPN2 and WatchESPN
LISTEN: Sirius 119, XM 203, Internet 963
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Baylor Notes | Xavier Notes
At the same time the Bears and Mountaineers are kicking off on FS1, the Bears and Musketeers will be tipping off on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Hopefully the atmosphere inside the Ferrell Center will be appropriately raucous for an early-season matchup of Top-10 teams, the Bears having earned their status as such with impressive wins over Oregon, VCU, Michigan State, and Louisville.
No. 9 MBB Hosts No. 7 Xavier in Top-10 Matchup - Baylor Official Athletic Site
The Official Athletic Site of the Baylor University - No. 9 Baylor Basketball hosts No. 7 Xavier for the seventh top-10 matchup in program history at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday at the Ferrell Center. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
Xavier v. Baylor: Preview - Banners On The Parkway
This is Xavier’s first major test of the season, and it comes on the road.
No. 9 Baylor hosts No. 7 Xavier in top-10 clash (Dec 2, 2016) | FOX Sports
WACO, Texas -- For once, the beginning of basketball season brought with it a welcome change deep in the heart of Texas.
Baylor-Xavier Q&A with Banners on the Parkway - Our Daily Bears
Caleb Childers with Xavier’s SB Nation Site Answered some questions!
No. 9 Bears welcome No. 7 Xavier for rare top-10 matchup - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Men's Basketball
Scott Drew hasn’t mentioned if he has any plans to play the MegaMillions, but he might want to think about it.
In addition to the basketball and football games, there's a chance that we could get some news about our ongoing search for the new Head Football Coach at Baylor University. Two of the rumored candidates -- Colorado's Mike MacIntyre and WMU's PJ Fleck -- finished their regular seasons in games last night, so we might see some movement. It's important to note, however, that MacIntyre reportedly told someone from the Denver Post last night in no uncertain terms that he was not coming to Baylor.
#CUBuffs coach Mike MacIntyre to me: 'I'm not going to Baylor."— Mark Kiszla (@markkiszla) December 3, 2016
So there's that.
TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS:
Xavier's bigs will step up a weight class this afternoon at Baylor. Musketeers & Bears played in 2012 Sweet 16. Game has similar feel today.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 3, 2016
RISE AND SHINE PEOPLES !!— 2⃣ DEUCE FOUR 4⃣ (@Wainright24) December 3, 2016
ITS A BIG BALL GAME TODAY BAYLOR NATION
We can use this as our open thread until the game threads go up. Have a great Saturday, everyone!