College Gameday is in town, the Big 12 Championship is up for grabs, it’s a primetime game, and the Bears are playing to get into the inaugural College Football Playoff. What else could you ask for? This is the biggest game in Baylor Football history. We’ve had a couple of those in the past couple of years, but this one takes the cake due to all those elements expressed above. Also, the Bears are 10-1 and are looking for their second ever 11-win season, just to add another element to this game.
Kansas State is looking to play a similar roll that Baylor played two years ago in Waco, that of spoiler. Last time these two teams met in Waco, Kansas State was the number 1 team in the country and on its way to the BCS Championship, this year they will try and keep Baylor out of the College Football Playoff. Baylor has won three out of four against the Wildcats in recent history and the Bears will look to continue this trend later today. Bryce Petty is coming back from a concussion that he suffered against Texas Tech, the last Baylor QB to do that was Robert Griffin III who went for four touchdowns against Texas that year and solidified his Heisman chances. While Bryce Petty isn’t going to win the Heisman this year, the Bears will need a Heisman effort today as they take on a well-coached team.
Kansas State is going to come in with an excellent game plan, as a Bill Snyder team always does. The Bears will have to play their best to win today. Expect Art Briles and company to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the Wildcats today with so much on the line. Kansas State has a top-25 scoring defense, but their passing and rushing defense are 57th and 92nd respectively, so expect the Bears to be able to move the ball, but the Bears will need to finish with touchdowns in redzone situation. A team that gives up yards to the Bears is going to give up points, so the Bears should have no problem breaking out at some point. The Bears defense will have to bounce back after last week’s Tech game in which they gave up over 600 yards passing, expect for the defense to show multiple looks against this Wildcats offense.
This game is going to be a slugfest, but the Bears are at home and the better team. The crowd and atmosphere is going to be electric. It might not be till the second half, but expect for the Bears to pull away at some point as their offense simply overwhelms the Kansas State defense. Bears win today to become back-to-back Big 12 Champs.