Massey Ratings – Bears win 45-26
RealTime RPI – Bears win 36-26
Chris Bullajian, BearsIllustrated.com Publisher – Bears win 42-32
Steve Brischke, BearsIllustrated.com Administrator – Bears win 48-17
Kevin Barrera, BearsIllustrated.com Contributor – Bears win 52-21
Tim Watkins, BearsIllustrated.com Writer – Bears win 45-26
This game could look like a repeat for the Baylor Bears. The way these two teams matchup, it could be a very similar game plan to what Baylor did last year offensively to UCLA. Pound the ball inside, and pop it outside on traps and simple read/option plays for their big gains. UCF has not faced a rushing attack that can compare to what Baylor can do on the ground. Look for more than 250 rushing yards from the Bears.
Defensively, this will be their toughest matchup yet, but with the Baylor offense controlling the tempo a bit, I think this will be a low scoring game. Look for it to be tight for a few quarters, until a late turnover gives the Bears the cushion they need to finish off the Knights and get their 12th win of the 2013-2014 campaign.
And in celebration of a 2013 that brought the Bears eleven victories and their first Big 12 Championship, here are 13 predictions for the game!
1. Bryce Petty will throw for 212 yards and 1 touchdown
2. That 1 touchdown reception will be a 65+ yarder to Tevin Reese
3. Antwan Goodley will have the more receptions for the Bears offense with 6
5. Seastrunk and Martin will both have two rushing touchdowns in the game though, with both of Martin's coming in the fourth quarter
6. Baylor will rush the ball for over 300 yards in the game
7. The Baylor defense will force 3 turnovers, including an interception late by none other than Eddie Lackey for the play that will end the Knights hopes
8. Blake Bortles will throw for over 325 yards, but UCF will settle for field goals early and then miss on some key fourth down plays after some long drives.
9. The leading tackler for the Bears will be Eddie Lackey, who will have 11 tackles on the day, as he plays middle linebacker for the injured Bryce Hager
10. Storm Johnson will be held to less than 100 yards rushing, as the Baylor defensive front stops him for negative or no gain on 7 rushing attempts, including several 3rd and 4th downs
11. Eddie Lackey will be named the game's defensive MVP
12. Glasco Martin will be named the game's offensive MVP
13. Baylor will win the game 42-23 sending Baylor into the Top 5 of the final 2013 polls and into a glorious 2014!