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Struggling Bears searching for positives in regular-season finale vs. WVU

MORGANTOWN — The Baylor Bears have gained only one recreation within the final two months.

With its regular-season finale towards West Virginia developing this weekend (7 p.m./FS1), Baylor (3-8, 2-6 Massive 12) head coach Dave Aranda isn’t anxious a lot about getting a win as a lot as he simply desires to see his workforce play recreation.

“I believe it’s vital, primary, to play nicely,” Aranda stated Monday. “To play nicely when it issues most on this final recreation particularly. There have been moments in video games, essential moments, the place we come up quick. Of all issues, I need to have the ability to see that when it issues most, we’re executing.”

The Bears have misplaced 4 video games in a row, with their final win approaching Oct. 21 towards Cincinnati. That stretch features a one-point, 25-24 loss in time beyond regulation to Houston and blowout losses to Kansas State and TCU.

“When something unfavourable occurs, you combat the unfavourable attachments to the previous,” Aranda stated. “We’re preventing that combat proper now. To get a victory can be a victory over that and also you cleanse the windshield, type to talk, and you’ll see clearly that what’s all the time been there’s a winner.”

Aranda’s counterpart on Saturday, WVU coach Neal Brown, has an analogous aim in thoughts for his Mountaineers.

“For me, we have to proceed to play nicely,” Brown stated. “That Oklahoma recreation is in my craw, not as a result of we misplaced, however as a result of we simply didn’t play very nicely. For me, it’s nearly enjoying good soccer.”

WVU rebounded from a 59-20 loss at Oklahoma to defeat Cincinnati 42-21 final week. The Mountaineers are 7-4 (5-3 Massive 12) with a bowl recreation on their horizon, however don’t wish to overlook a street recreation at Baylor.

“We perceive it’s a tricky place to play,” stated Brown, who’s 0-2 in Waco as WVU’s coach. “I’m undecided we must be overlooking anyone. To me, it’s nearly ending. We’ve received a singular focus this week, it’s the one recreation the place there’s not any faculty stuff to fret about.”

A win would give the Mountaineers their first eight-win season since 2018 and simply their fourth since becoming a member of the Massive 12.

For Baylor, a victory would give the Bears one thing to be ok with as they head into the offseason

“I believe for the workforce, this may be a aid,” Aranda stated. “For the workforce, it will be ‘that is what that appears like.’ It could be a validation for working arduous, it will be a approach to ship the seniors out as winners.”