Tech Not Looking Past Baylor

In the dynamic conference that is the Big 12, teams must perform at their best, week in and week out, or the chances of them being knocked off are fairly high.

However, when most teams look at Baylor on their schedule, some mark that game as an automatic tally for the win column.

The Red Raiders say they are doing no such thing.

"I thought last year they had a good team, did a good job over there, they have good players, good athletes and you can't overlook them," Tech linebacker Mike Smith said. "They're going to come out and play us hard, they always do, so we have to be on our toes and get ready for them."

Baylor is coming off what could be considered one of their biggest wins in school history.

Last week, the Bears took the #17 Texas A&M Aggies into overtime where they eventually won, 35-34, on a gutsy 2-point conversion call by head coach Guy Morriss.

That move by Morriss caught the attention of Tech coach Mike Leach.

"I kind of liked it," Leach said. "No guts no glory. They go down and get a two-point conversion and wrap it up."

That win was Baylor's first conference win this year. It also improved their overall record to 5-3.

Since Morriss took over the program two years ago, Baylor is seen by some as a program on the rise. "Baylor has been playing pretty well," Leach said. "I think they've steadily improved throughout the season. Scheme wise, Baylor does a really good job."

"It didn't surprise me," Leach continued. "Keeping that edge mentally and staying at a high level is challenging to everybody. It doesn't matter how good you are, you have to be able to do that."

On Saturday, Tech received their fifth win of the season via a 35-25 victory over Kansas State. That victory means the Raiders need just one more win on the season to become bowl eligible. It would also mean that it would secure Tech's 12th straight non-losing season and its 10th straight winning season.

However, some are looking at Tech to do more than just go to a bowl. With a win over Baylor this Saturday, Tech would march into a huge battle in College Station and what is shaping up to be a game with fairly significant bowl implications. Nevertheless, some refuse to look any further than Nov. 6.

"We're worried about the Baylor Bears," Tech quarterback Sonny Cumbie said. "We're going to have our hands full offensively and we need to prepare well and those guys are going to come at us and they've got a lot of momentum. We better be prepared for it or the same thing that happened to A&M will happen to us."

Kickoff at Jones SBC Stadium is set for 1 p.m. and the game will not be televised.


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