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Baylor vs. Texas Tech Predictions

The Baylor Bears start Big 12 play as they travel north to Arlington to take on Texas Tech. Will the Bears get their 5th straight win over the Red Raiders, or will Tech get a long desired Top-5 win.

Kevin Barerra

BearsIllustrated Co-Owner and Recruiting Coordinator

This game is always fun and entertaining. Texas Tech has improved over last year, and enters this game with a very impressive offense, lead by Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes has been excellent for Tech this season, and almost willed Tech to an upset win against TCU, last weekend. Tech does have issues on defense, however, and that is where this Baylor offense will make it’s presence felt. Seth Russell and his cast of super athletes, should feast on a defense that just isn’t that good. Tech’s front 7 will have a ton of trouble getting pressure on Seth Russell and stopping the run. This game will be a high scoring affair, as Tech’s offense is good enough to put up a ton of points on anyone, but in the end Baylor will get 2-3 key stops to seal a win. The O/U is 90+, and fortunately for fans, I think the over will be achieved in this game. 

Baylor 63 Tech 41

Shehan Jeyarajah

BearsIllustrated Contributor, DMN Baylor Blogger, City Editor for Baylor Lariat, Correspondent for Sports Illustrated

Texas Tech is talented and fans should not overlook that. QB Patrick Mahomes might be the perfect player for Kliff Kingsbury's system and has the production to prove it. To some extent, Baylor has to understand that Mahomes will get his. However, the difference will need to come in the run game. Baylor's run D has been borderline dominant against the run, and the offense ranks No. 1 nationally in rushing yards per game. If Baylor can make Tech one dimensional, the Bears should pull away. 
Baylor 63, Texas Tech 31

Carter Lacy

BearsIllustrated Recruiting Contributor

Baylor begins a spread out and loaded Big 12 conference slate tomorrow when tehy host Texas Tech at teh AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. We all  know about the powerful Red Raider offense led by sophomore phenom Patrick Mahomes, but Baylor fans can take solace in knowng this might be the weakest front-7 the Bears face until bowl season.  Baylor already has the receivers talented enough to top a decent secondary, but expet Baylor to once again lead the country in rush offense after this weekend.  

If Baylor can limit turnovers and play at least ADEQUATE football on special teams, this is a game they can win comfortably.  Baylor racks up 400 rushing yards and the Baylor defense makes a statement aganist one of the best offenses in the conference not wearing green and gold.  

Baylor 55 Texas Tech 27

Ashton Warren

BearsIllustrated Recruiting Contributor

Baylor 48 Texas Tech 42

Tim Watkins

BearsIllustrated Co-Owner, Publisher

Patrick Mahomes will play for Texas Tech.  I don't think many are doubting his toughness and abilities after he gutted out a good performance against TCU last weekend. The question will be how much is his athleticism limited by the injuries?  If he is full strength, I think Tech could be a real challenge for this Baylor team.  However, I do not think he will be full strength, and with his lets not 100%, he will not be as explosive outside of the pocket, which has been a major issue for the Bears. 

The Red Raiders defense is still very much a work in process. They have shown some spurts of good play, especially against one-dimensional offenses.  Even the maligned Baylor defense can stop a run or pass only team.  The Baylor offense is the opposite of one-dimensional, and I just don't see Tech being able to slow them down.  The only way the Bears don't score 50 points is if turnovers happen or the penalties get out of control.  With the Bears offense clicking, and the Red Raiders not at full speed with a somewhat limited Mahomes, Baylor wins by 2 touchdowns, with Tech angering betters with a late cover. 

Baylor 56, Texas Tech 42

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