Texas Game Prep Part 3

Baylor and Texas kick it off Saturday afternoon with both hoping for a share of a Big 12 title and possibly even more. Add a bundle full of cold wintery weather, senior day for the Bears, and the finale of Floyd Casey Stadium as the home of the Bears, and you have one heck of a game.

Predictions

Massey Ratings – Bears win 45-34

RealTime RPI – Bears win41-38

TeamRankings.com – Bears win 43.5- 28

Chris Bullajian, BearsIllustrated.com Publisher – Bears win 38-37

Steve Brischke, BearsIllustrated.com Administrator – Bears win 44-30

It's Championship Saturday in the Big 12, and both Baylor and Texas will have a shot for at least a share, if not an outright title when the two meet. The cold weather will undoubtedly shape the game a bit differently, but I still expect plenty of points to be put up as long as precipitation stays away and the wind is minimal to average. Baylor is a horse at home, and although talented, the Texas defense will not be able to slow them for very long. This should be a close game, with the Bears eventually winning by about 10 points.

Kevin Barrera, BearsIllustrated.com Contributor – Bears win 44-31

It all comes down to this for the Baylor Bears and Texas Longhorns. The final game ever at Floyd Casey Stadium and a possible shared or outright Big 12 Championship. You couldn't write it up any better. Weather has somewhat derailed the game, but offense should still be at a high volume. At least on the Baylor side. Outside of their potent running game, not much scares me about this Texas team. Case McCoy is Case McCoy and their defense has been depleted all season due to injuries. The Bears have been downright unstoppable at home in November and December, and that fact that this is the first home game since the middle of October allows the Bears to start fast and keep the peddle on the gas. This game will be close early, but the Bears will pull away in the 3rd quarter for a comfortable win. Bears take care of business and get at least a share of the Big 12 Championship.

Tim Watkins, BearsIllustrated.com Writer – Bears win 35-27

If the weather was better, I would be tempted to put the Bears above 50 or even 60 points. I just don't see the Longhorns being able to stop the Bears rushing attack, and I don't think they can cover the Baylor receivers one on one as well as TCU or OSU did the last two games. Texas is also a heavy run team that hopes to pop a long one over the top when your linebackers and safeties are rushing to stop a nonexistent rush attempt. Honestly though, that is what the Bears offense has been great stopping. A one-dimensional rush attack is what the Bears are built to stop right now. But the weather will be a factor here, and I do think the offense will sputter a bit. But the Bears win, and despite a late Texas touchdown to make it look closer, win easily.


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