Another year passes as the Bears celebrate one of its oldest and finest traditions in Homecoming. Alumni and families from all over the World will be congregating in Waco, TX to watch their beloved Baylor Bears come home. Luckily for them, the bulk of the remaining schedule will be in the friendly confines of McLane Stadium, so what better way to start off that literal and figurative home-stretch than with Homecoming.
|Matchup||12/12 BAYLOR (6-1, 3-1) vs. NR/NR KANSAS (2-5, 0-4)|
|Date||Nov. 1, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)|
|TV||FOX Sports 1|
|Radio||ESPN Central Texas | Sirius 117 | XM 202|
|Online Audio||Listen Online|
|Gameday Info||Gameday Central|
|Game Notes||Baylor Notes |Kansas Notes|
Fun Stats of the Game
- Baylor has the nation's best home record since 2011 at 22-1.
- Baylor and Kansas will meet for the 14th time on Saturday. The Bears lead the all-time series 9-4, including a perfect 6-0 mark versus the Jayhawks in Waco and a 4-0 record under Briles.
- Kansas receiver Nick Harwell has caught a pass in 37 consecutive games, 4th longest streak among active players
- Baylor is the only school in the country to have wins over top 10 teams in each of the past four seasons.
- Kansas is 32nd nationally in fumbles recovered
- Baylor is 14-1 since the start of 2012 when attempting 50 or more rushes.
- Baylor secondary vs. Kansas Wide Receivers
This isn’t critical for this game, but more for the psyche of the Bears defensive backs. After getting torched by West Virginia (either in yard or penalties), the secondary needs a confidence boost badly. This test should be quite easier than what the Bears faced in Morgantown. None of the Jayhawks receivers is a very dangerous threat by themselves, and their subpar quarterback play has limited what they can actually get out of their passing attack. The Baylor secondary should be able to win these battles and get back some of that much needed bravado.
- Right side of Baylor Offensive line vs Kansas Defense
With a new starter at right tackle, and a newish starter at right guard, the Jayhawks will more than likely be focusing their attacks to one side of the Baylor offensive line. Jarrel Broxton and Pat Colbert (along with some other options) will have to step up and make sure they hold their own. Against West Virginia, that did not happen, especially in the passing attack late. Both players were beaten inside too many times and it caused major disruptions to the Bears passing attack. Expect linebacker Michael Reynolds (team leading 5 sacks) to be on that side of the line quite a bit trying to exploit that weakness.
Team Rankings Rank8103
The Jayhawks again find themselves at the bottom of the BIg 12. You can say a lot about them, but they sure have been consistent the past few years. This is a team without the talent required to compete. They are ranked in the 100s according to most experts, and a team that compares favorably to Buffalo, who the Bears destroyed on the road earlier this year.
However, they seem to be finding a bit of an identity under interim head coach Clint Bowen. They are a run first team that tries to take care of the ball and slow the game down. He has made some good changes to the offense, including at quarterback and putting his best player closer to the ball, and it appears to have stabilized the offense.
Keys to the Game
1. Finish Drives for Touchdowns
The one thing that the Jayhawks do very well is stop opponents in the redzone. On 21 trips to the redzone, the Jahawks defense has allowed only 11 touchdowns and 6 field goals. That is good for second in the Big 12 and Top-50 in the nation. Against West Virginia, the Bears offense struggled early to finish drives, and had to settle for one field goal and were stopped on a 4th down attempt close to the redzone. Settling for short field goals or putting the offense in a position to go for it on 4th and long is unacceptable in a game like this. The Bears have to score touchdowns when they are in position.
2. Get back to being Baylor
Outside of 12 glorious minutes against TCU, we haven’t seen what the Bears can actually be on both sides of the ball for more than few drives here and there. It is time to show the world what the Bears can do. This is a statement game, one following what TCU did to Texas Tech last weekend. That type of game should be expected from Baylor, especially at home. Physically dominant up-front with a punishing rushing attack alongside a big play passing attack that can beat you with several different players. I miss that Baylor offensive attack, but have a feeling that we will be seeing a lot of it Saturday afternoon.
3. Put it away Early
This is not a game that should be close at halftime. This is a game that should see plenty of Seth Russell in the 2nd half, and plenty of the newer offensive linemen getting valuable reps. To do both of those objectives, the Bears need to start fast on both sides of the ball. No long drives for Kansas, where they convert 3rd and short after 3rd and short. The Bears need to attack on both sides of the ball, something that they are known for (good and bad). Get up big early and then work on the things that you need for the stretch run.
Massey Ratings – Bears win 45-14
RealTime RPI – Bears win 45-3
TeamRankings.com – Bears win 49-13Staff Predictions COMING SOON!