BearsIllustrated Roundtable 10/1

In this weeks segment of the Roundtable, the staff looks at what the Bears will need to do to keep Texas from making this Saturdays matchup a competitive one. Join us inside The Bear Pit to discuss!

In this weeks segment of the Roundtable, the staff looks at what the Bears will need to do to keep Texas from making this Saturdays matchup a competitive one. Join us inside The Bear Pit to discuss!

Tim Watkins - Publisher,

Run the ball effectively. The Longhorns rushing defense has just been awful the past few years. BYU ran for 248 yards. UCLA ran for 217. Heck, even Kansas ran for 173. If you take out their first game against UNT, they are allowing 212.67 yards per game on the ground, and just over 4 yards per carry. The 212 yards per game allowed would rank 105th in the nation. The Longhorns strength is defending the pass, so the Bears will have to attack through the soft spot of the Texas defense. I really don't think the dysfunctional Longhorn offense can score many points on the Bears defense, especially not without some turnovers or special teams assistance. The Bears rushing attack will wear down the defense and put even more pressure on an offense that struggles.

Kevin Barrera - Recruiting Analyst,

For the Bears, I think it comes down to the offensive and defensive lines. Baylor dominated on both sides, against ISU, and will look to do the same against Texas. Texas' OL is bad right now and Shawn Oakman and company, will be pinning their ears back and making hay in the backfield. The Baylor OL should great improvement against ISU, and as has been the case in previous years, they seem to be hitting their stride as a unit and getting better every week. Look for them to continue that trend, although this will be their biggest test of the season. Baylor's offense goes, as the OL goes, and I think the Bears will go quickly and often. The Bears will hit a couple of big strikes early, to loosen the running game, and then will wear down the UT DL on their way to a comfortable win.

James Holloway - Contributor,

I would say take care of the football. The last time the Bears were in Austin they had a couple of key turnovers that cost them the game, as Texas was able to turn those turnovers into touchdowns. Bryce Petty and company were excellent with not turning the ball over last year and despite a couple of meaningless turnovers in early games, have done a good job so far this year as well. If Baylor's offense does not turnover the ball, I do not think that the Texas defense will be able to stop them successfully any other way. While the Texas offense is nowhere near capable of scoring enough points on Baylor's defense to keep up with their offense. I believe that the only way the Bears lose this game is if they beat themselves, so as long as they don't turn the ball over, I believe that they'll be fine on Saturday.

Matt Wilson - Contributor,

A lot of the smart points have already been made, so I'll keep this short. If Baylor maintains the level of play that they've shown up until now, they win this game. Maybe not fully-comfortable from the beginning, but a win.

To make sure Texas isn't competitive at all? That will require a dedication to the running the ball on offense paired with a dedication to solid tackling on defense. Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray are big, strong runners. We can't afford to arm tackle these guys. Last year against Baylor, Brown was successful to the tune of about five yards a carry. If he plays, Daje Johnson can make people miss; angles will be important there. Maintain discipline in those areas and we should be golden.

Chase Medina - Contributor,

The most important thing Baylor can do to keep Texas from being competitive is to dominate their patchwork offensive line. Texas has one of the most inexperienced offensive lines in the country due to injury and dismissals. Bringing different blitz packages and doing twists up front could overwhelm the unproven linemen. However, if Baylor can continue to be dominant upfront and get pressure with just four down lineman, it will allow our secondary to continue to play coverage. In addition to imposing their will, the D-line must also stay in their lanes so as not to allow Tyrone Swoopes escape the pocket like we saw Sam Richardson do a few times last week.

Elliot Coffey - Contributor,

Baylor needs to put their foot on Longhorn's throat from the first snap. This is a team that has shown to be all bark no bite. The sense of entitlement running through Austin right now is staggering. Riding the wave BYU started on September 6th, I believe Texas will begin to doubt their ability (rightfully so) to keep up with Baylor in ever facet of the game. Tyrone Swoopes will develop into a great player, but as long as Baylor keeps pressure on him early, he will inevitably succumb to the pressure of winning the game himself and turn the ball over. Bryce, Shock, and Wide Receiver U will be firing on all cylinders with the return of Levi Norwood. Saturday should be a huge day for Baylor. "Start fast, finish strong" is the motto, if Baylor does that, they win BIG.

Ryan Resch - Contributor,

This may sound redundant for Baylor football, but score as early as possible and set the tone for the game. Given all of the talk surrounding this matchup (albeit primarily coming out of Austin) there is no doubt that the home crowd will have even more of a stake in the outcome than usual. While it may not be a sellout, silencing the crowd that is there, and giving the Baylor section something to cheer about, is key in further demoralizing this Texas squad that seems to be limping out of each week. There is little doubt that once the crowd is more focused on what is going on outside the stadium down on Sixth Street than what their beloved Longhorns are attempting to cobble together on the field, the players, too, will start searching for the quickest way out of game; which very well may mean letting Linwood and company rack up the yards on the ground.

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