Shehan Jeyarajah, BearsIllustrated Contributor, Lariat Sports Editor, and DMN Baylor Blog Writer
Almost nothing should scare No. 7 Baylor about the Iowa State Cyclones. They don't pass the ball all that well, they don't run the ball well, they cannot really stop the run, and their pass defense has been average, but not much more. The only thing to worry about is the location. Baylor has not won in Ames since 2005, but they have not had many opportunities. In a nationally televised prime time matchup, Baylor will pull away in the second half and make it a blowout.
Baylor wins 59-24
James Holloway, BearsIllustrated Contributor
Ames is a scary place to play, let alone at night on national television. The Bears absolutely demolished the Cyclones at home last year, Rhoads even went as far as to say that we crushed their spirit for the rest of the year. Well going into this game I do not believe that Iowa State is that much better than last year, but I do believe that the Bears are a better team than they were last year, which should be a scary thought for Cyclone fans. The Bears will have WRs Antwan Goodley and Corey Coleman back from injury to give the Bears an even scarier amount of talented WRs for Bryce Petty to throw to. Look for Petty to have another great game to get his Heisman campaign up and running in a big way while playing in a hostile environment. On the other side of the ball the defense will keep doing their thing and will have multiple takeaways. While I do not think that it will be a soul crushing defeat like last year, I do believe that the Bears will go on the road and win in decisive fashion.
Baylor wins 49-17
Matt Wilson, BearsIllustrated Contributor
Iowa State has shown me nothing in terms of defense yet this season. Their offense looks like a slower version of itself last year. I am finding it so difficult to say that they will score more than 10 points, but I think a slip up in kick coverage and some missed tackles in our young secondary lead to Richardson and crew scoring 17-21.
The Baylor offense will impose their will before the game even starts. Petty is uninterrupted in all drives except a few. Running game looks a little less impressive than we hope. Seth makes an appearance in the beginning of the 4th.
Baylor wins 67-17
Kevin Barrera, BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Recruiting Coordinator
Much has been made, this week, about the mystique of Ames, Iowa, and the fact that the Bears do not seem to play well on natural grass. I’m here to tell you that none of those things will matter this weekend. The Bears will welcome back two of their top four WR’s in Antwan Goodley and Corey Coleman. The Bears also welcome back Devin Chafin, who has been sidelined by a high ankle sprain. There will just be too much speed and athleticism on the Baylor side for Iowa State to make any noise. I feel that this game will start out tight, but the Bears will take control and take a big lead in to halftime. Petty will get a few series in the 3rd quarter, then it will be Seth Russell’s turn. This will be a great road game for Baylor, in that it will give them experience in a hostile Big 12 atmosphere, but the Bears will coast to an easy win this Saturday night.
Baylor wins 59-17
Tim Watkins, BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Publisher
Road games are no fun, especially in the Big 12. There will be tougher teams to play, ones with better skill coaching and pure ability. The Cyclones environment will be second to none. An environment though is only sustainable with a great product on the field. Buffalo’s atmosphere was really good for about 15 minutes, and then the reality of the situation hit the team, fans, and state of New York.
I think that Iowa State is a better team, with a better environment than Buffalo, but the talent isn’t good enough to hang with the Bears for more than a quarter. Baylor will welcome back two key offensive weapons to a passing attack that has been great without them, and will finally get the running game going as the Cyclones play against the pass a bit too much. Bears win behind 250 rushing yards and a 2-touchdown game for Shock Linwood. Antwan Goodley makes a big splash with a 100+ yard game with a touchdown.
Baylor wins 56-14