Kevin Barrera - BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Recruiting Analyst
This game will come down to 1 thing. The Baylor OL vs the Texas DL. The Texas DL is the ONLY chance that Texas has to keep this game close. If the DL can disrupt the Baylor offense, then it could be closer than some think. Spencer Drango and Troy Baker will be key against a Texas defense that boast two of the top defensive linemen in the league, in Cedric Reed and Malcolm Brown. If they can contain Reed at the DE position, that will allow Petty to have time to make his correct read and get the ball out of his hands quickly. In the end, the DL of Texas will not be able to disrupt the Baylor offense enough to make a difference. I see this game going about like the ISU game, except I expect Texas to keep it close a little bit longer.
Score: Bears win 45-16
Elliott Coffey - BearsIllustrated Contributor
This Saturday Briles, and the Bears will come out hot. It is imperative that we quiet the Longhorn fans early (shouldn't take much). They may not be the rowdiest fan base but 100+ thousand in unison is still substantial. I believe,we'll see an aerial assault early, and the Bears will run the score up in the first quarter. The defensive line should have a field day with the patch job of an offensive line Charlie Strong is putting out on Saturday. Look for a defensive touchdown.
Score: Bears win 63-28
James Holloway - BearsIllustrated Contributor
I think that Baylor is clearly the better team in this matchup, and I believe that will be seen come Saturday afternoon. John Harris says that they're "still Texas", well if they're still the same Texas from the past four years then they better be worried. Baylor has won 3 of the last 4, arguably should've won the matchup in 2012 if not for a couple of turnovers, and this year's Baylor team is the better than all of those past teams. Texas, on the other hand, has a horrible offensive line, no run game, and a very young QB. Texas' strength is it's defensive line and secondary, but Baylor's strength is pass protection and it's WRs. Baylor's defense is better than Texas' offense, and Baylor's offense is better than Texas' defense. The only way Baylor loses this game is through turning the ball over, which doesn't happen too often. So I believe Baylor shows Texas that, yes they are still indeed Texas, the Texas of the past four years. Bears win 52-24
Score: Bears win 52-24
Shehan Jeyarajah - BearsIllustrated Contributor, Lariat Sports Editor, and DMN Baylor Blog Writer
Texas has talent. The defensive line is among the best in the Big 12, the secondary ranks No. 8 in the nation in passing yards allowed, this is no Northwestern State. However, no defense can fully stop the Baylor offense. On the other side, Texas' offensive threat is virtually nonexistent. Running backs Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray each average under 60 yards a game, and Texas overall has a bottom 20 rush offense. The passing game is just as woeful with first year starter Tyrone Swoopes struggling to avoid pressure. Texas will fight, but Baylor is an infinitely more talented team right now; when was the last time we could say that?
Score: Bears win 42-14
Chase Medina - BearsIllustrated Contributor
The final score of this game is going to depend on the start that Baylor gets. If the Bears get out to a fast start and are able to put Texas behind the eight ball with a couple of quick scores, then Baylor fans will see the comfortable win that they are looking for. Texas has yet to show the offensive power to be able to keep pace in a shootout type game. This season the Longhorns are only averaging 21.25 points per game, and they were only able to put up 23 points against a less than stout Kansas defense. However, if the Bears let them hang around like they did last season, we could have a dogfight on our hands since the game is in Austin. While I do think that Baylor has the ability to win either type of game, especially with the power of our O and D lines, I see Baylor getting out to a fast start and taking the crowd out of the game early.
Score: Bears win 56-24
Tim Watkins - BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Publisher
This will be the best team the Bears have seen this year, but is that more of a positive for Texas or a negative for the Bears schedule? What isn’t up for debate is the Texas defense is by far the most talented unit the Bears will see so far in 2014. With a running game that seemingly founds its sea-legs against Iowa State though, Baylor will get those tough yards and put a lot of pressure on the UT offense to score almost every time they have the ball. The Bears will be led by Shock Linwood with over 125 rushing yards, and will extend the lead late for a nice road win in Austin.
Score: Bears win 45-17
Matt Wilson - BearsIllustrated Contributor
I don't necessarily see the Bears blowing the doors off Texas from the first kick. It will take an offensive drive or two to get the boulder pushed all the way up the mountain, but after that, gravity and momentum do all the work. Defensively, I see Strong wanting to be physical and run the ball in an attempt to control the clock. I also see this becoming largely unsuccessful. Strong moves to relying on Swoopes, who shows some bright spots, Longhorns score somewhere between three and four touchdowns, maybe with a FG tacked on.
That being said, the Baylor offense does its thing, scoring six touchdowns before the 4th, allowing Salsa Nacho to finish with the night cap.
Score: Bears win 49-24