Texas Tech Game Prep - Predictions

The staff at BearsIllustrated.com shares their predictions for a big matchup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The matchup pits the Texas Tech Red Raiders versus the #5 Baylor Bears.


Massey Ratings – Bears win 52-31

RealTime RPI – Bears win 49-16

TeamRankings.com – Bears win 56.2-28.8

Chris Bullajian, BearsIllustrated.com Publisher – Bears win 45-31

Steve Brischke, BearsIllustrated.com Administrator – Bears win 45-24

A 20+ point line, Baylor on a 12 game winning streak, Tech on a 3 game losing streak - it seems too easy to pick Baylor big here. The problem for Tech is all the numbers seem to suggest Baylor will win this game. Tech has struggled the last couple of weeks defensively, in no small part due to injuries. While they potentially get a player or two back (which is uncertain), it's clear they are feeling the pain of having played a couple extra games over Baylor at this point in the season. A tired or injured defense against Baylor's offense is not a good mixture for Tech. On the other side of the ball, you have the soaring Baylor defense against the most prolific passing attack they have faced year to date. Will Baylor be able to slow the freshmen signal callers that Tech brings with it, I think yes, they will at least slow them down and cause a few more turnovers this game.

Kevin Barrera, BearsIllustrated.com Contributor – Bears win 48-31

This will be one of the most intriguing matchups the Bears have faced up to this point. With a stout defensive showing against the then #10 Oklahoma Sooners, the Baylor defense will be tested in the passing game for the first time this season. Most teams have tried to slow things down by running the ball, and the defense, led by LBs Bryce Hager and Eddie Lackey, have helped limit other teams rushing to under 130 yds. Corners Demetri Goodson and K. J. Morton will be tested early and often, and Ahmad Dixon and Terrell Burt will be charged with guarding one of the best TEs in the country, in Jace Amaro.

At this point in the season, the Bears defense has more interceptions than TDs completed passing. Will this change on Saturday? The Bears will need to keep up their aggressive defense and be opportunistic in turning the ball over, in order to leave Arlington with a win. I think the Bears defense answers the bell, as they have all season.

Tim Watkins, BearsIllustrated.com Writer – Bears win 52-35

On one side of the ball, we have an intriguing match-up in terms of the Bears defense finally playing a good passing attack. On the other side, we have a Tech defense that is just falling apart and couldn't stop me at running back. The Red Raiders defense might be the worst the Bears have seen in Big 12 play. Expect lots of points and rushing yards from the Bears, be it Lache Seastrunk, Glasco Martin, Shock Linwood or one of the Bayor line members. On the other side, expect so see some struggles in pass defense, and a lot of blitzes from the Bears. Baylor wins comfortably and takes one more step towards a perfect season.

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