Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor and Texas Tech meet in Arlington

Baylor prepares for a showdown with Texas Tech in Arlington, TX. The 4/5th ranked Bears look to continue their winning ways against the Red Raiders for the 5th year in a row.

The 4/5th ranked Baylor Bears travel north on I-35 up to DFW for a showdown with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. This longstanding rivalry is tied at 36-36-1, so the winner of this one will have historical bragging rights.  The Bears have won the last four contests between the two teams, breaking a streak of 15-straight wins for Texas Tech.  With both teams featuring high powered offenses, expectations are set for a shootout.  

Media Information

Date Oct. 3, 2015 | 2:30 p.m. CT
Location Arlington, Texas | AT&T Stadium (80,000)
TV ABC
TV Talent Dave Pasch (pxp), Brian Griese (analyst), Tom Luginbill (sideline)
Radio ESPN Central Texas | Sirius/XM 145/199
Online Audio Listen Online
Live Stats Gametracker
Ticket Information Purchase Tickets
Game Notes Baylor Notes | Texas Tech Notes

Statistical Comparison

Both teams will be playing the best team they have seen in 2015, though the Red Raiders have faced a top tier team in TCU and a solid team in Arkansas (at least according to the advanced stats).  The two best units will be either offense, with the Bears having a big edge in effeciency and explosiveness.  This is the top offense in the nation going against a Top-10 offense.  The Baylor offense has the edge across the board against an overmatched Tech defense.   The Red Raiders have been awful at finishing off drives. You either turn the ball over against them, or score a touchdown.  Their pass defense is better than their run defense, which still is in the bottom 1/3rd of the nation. 

  When Baylor has the Ball 

Baylor
Rank
Texas Tech
Rank
AVG
Explosiveness
1.46 12 1.18 51 1.26
Efficiency
65.0% 1 53.1% 124 42.1%
Finishing Drives
6.40 4 5.33 109 4.71
Rushing S&P+
109.5 60 88.5 99 100
Rushing Success Rate
71.6% 1 55.2 126 100
Passing S&P+
112.7 52 108.8 50 100
Passing Success Rate
58.0% 2 50.8 120 40.6%

The Baylor offense will have quite a bit of a test with the Red Raider attack. They are an explosive attack who is learning to really rely on an improving running attack.  They are more than just using the run game as a trick now, committing to star DeAndre Washington.  The Baylor defense has been average across the board, except they have done a good job of minimizing big plays, something that Texas Tech abused them with late in last years game.  

 When Tech has the Ball

Baylor
Rank
Texas Tech
Rank
AVG
Explosiveness
1.11 27 1.54 5 1.26
Efficiency
37.2% 41 51.7% 9 42.1%
Finishing Drives
4.31 45 26.7 34 4.71
Rushing S&P+
109.6 52 124.8 26 100
Rushing Success Rate
40.7% 59 57.0% 4 100
Passing S&P+
104.4 61 100.5 82 100
Passing Success Rate
31.5% 18 48.0% 27 40.6%

TWEETS!

https://twitter.com/JeffEquipBU/status/650007178124746752

https://twitter.com/ShehanJeyarajah/status/649998763486875648

https://twitter.com/ChuckCarltonDMN/status/649988929911828480

https://twitter.com/ESPNCFB/status/649652560035352576


Baylor takes on Texas Tech in Big 12 Opener

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor opens Big 12 conference play with Texas Tech. The two long-time rivals meet in Arlington, TX once again in a match up of two top offenses.

The Baylor Bears will begin the second part of their 2015 season as they enter into conference play. First up is the Texas Tech Red Raiders, an improving team with a young and explosive quarterback.  Led by 3rd year head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, the Red Raiders are looking to rebound after a disapointing 2014 season.  WIth an early win on the road against Arkansas and an almost upset last weekend against TCU, the Red Raiders appear to be one of the most improved teams from 2014.  

TO CONTINUE READING CLICK HERE


From the Other Side: Texas Tech ($)

We caught up with raiderpower.com's Jarret Johnson, to talk Texas Tech vs Baylor. The game will be televised Nationally on ABC, at 2:30 pm, from AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, TX. 

1. Kingsbury said Mahomes would be D2D. If he does play, how do you think this affects their game plan, if at all? 

First off, Kingsbury says every player with so much as a cramp is day-to-day so don't read anything into that either way. Mahomes is going to play, but the question is how close to 100 percent he'll be. Mahomes' health changes EVERYTHING. His dual threat ability keeps defenses honest which opens up things for all of Tech's playmakers. He would prefer to scramble around and find a receiver down the field for big plays, but he is equally adept at ripping off 10-20 yard runs to keep drives alive. If he's mobile Tech can hang with anybody in the country, if not the offense is a lot less potent, but it still put up 52 points on a top five team last week.

TO CONTINUE READING CLICK HERE


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


Bears Illustrated Top Stories