Shehan Jeyarajah, BearsIllustrated Contributor, Lariat Sports Editor, and DMN Baylor Blog Writer
Buffalo is nowhere near as talented as Baylor, but it is the perfect storm heading into Friday's game. Despite a loss, quarterback Joe Licata threw for 401 yards and five touchdowns on the way to nearly pulling an improbably comeback against Army. The Bulls will also be playing in front of one of the most raucous home crowds in their history, as the school has decided to blackout the stadium for the game. On top of that, Baylor is expected to be without its starting receiver rotation for another week. Even though Buffalo seems to have all the momentum, Baylor is just too skilled. The Bulls will try to keep things close early at home, but Baylor should have no trouble pulling away at the end to win handily on national television in hostile territory.
Score: Bears win 49-24
James Holloway, BearsIllustrated Contributor
Bryce Petty returns with a vengeance. Coming back from his back injury, which required him to sit last week, he throws for over 300 yds with 3 TDs in the first half and is then relieved by Seth Russell and Chris Johnson in the second half. The Bears will finally get their running game going, scoring 4 TDs between Linwood, Jefferson, and Nacita, while rushing for over 300 yds. The Bears defense will keep going strong and will not allow their first TD of the season this week. The Bears go on the road and spoil Buffalo's blackout.
Score: Bears win 52-9
Kevin Barrera, BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Recruiting Analyst
Heading in to their first road game of the season, the Bears will still be without a couple of key offensive weapons, but they do get their main weapon back in QB Bryce Petty. Petty was forced to sit last week due to injury, but will certainly come back with a chip on his shoulder. Petty will pick things up where they left off last weekend, and will throw for over 350 yds and a few TDs. The Bears defense will take a shutout in to the 4th quarter before a couple of garbage time TDs make the score look closer then it is. Bears destroy Buffalo on their “Black Out” night, and head back to Waco with a win.
Score: Bears win 62-17
Tim Watkins, BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Publisher
A 70-13 win at home last year over these same Bulls gives you a good starting point for this game. Baylor might not be as explosive offensively as last year, but their defense might be even better. The Bulls though are not nearly as good as the 2013 version. Their defense has been ripped apart by a triple-option and an FCS team, while their offense might be a bit better than 2013. The Bears are a Top-10 team for a reason, and even a MAC team on the road in a weird and fun Friday night game won’t change that. This is not an underrated ULM team a few years ago that gives the Bears a legitimate scare. Bears win, and they win big.
Score: Bears win 54-16