The Baylor Bears take a road trip up I-35 to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in what is a technically a road game for the Bears. Five years ago this game would have been in front of a crowd made mostly of Tech fans, but now this game is much more evenly spectated. The crowd is not the only thing that has changed in the those years but the talent of the teams has changed as well, as the Bears have now won the past three match ups after losing 15 games in a row to Tech from 1996-2010. Baylor's recent surge has brought them within one game of being .500 in the overall series at 35-36-1.
The Bears are going up against the worst overall defense in the Big 12 Conference and one of the worst in the country. The Red Raiders have given up the most rushing yards of any team in the FBS so far this year, and going up against a top 25 national and the second best Big 12 rushing attack should not do anything to help that. Last year against Tech was a sort of a coming out party for Baylor running back Devin Chafin who, behind Shock Linwood's own 187 yds and 1 TD effort, ran for 100 yds on 11 carries for 2 TDs. Today, the dynamic duo will look for much of the same against the Tech defense.
The rushing attack should not be the only part of the Baylor offense to prosper against Tech's defense, as Bryce Petty and company should be able to take advantage of a depleted Tech secondary. At one point the Red Raiders were starting four freshmen in their secondary, while some of their players might be healthier for this game, the Baylor WRs are some of the best in the country and should win these kind of match ups. Look for the Bears to have some similar plays early in the game like the two deep TD throws at the start of the OSU game last weekend.
This is a matchup of the number 1 offense in the country against one of the worst defenses in the country, while this is usually a tough game for the Bears, this game should never be in doubt. Look for the Bears to score early and often, and while I don't think that the Bears will pour on the points like TCU did against tech earlier this season, unfortunately, that is only because Art Briles is not one to keep his starters in unnecessarily when a game is in hand.
Other games to pay attention to today that are important to Baylor's playoff chances: Ohio State vs Michigan 11 am, Alabama vs Auburn 6:45 pm, Ole Miss vs Mississippi St. 2:30 pm, FSU vs Florida 2:30 pm, and Oregon vs Oregon St 7 pm.