IT's Baylor game picks

IT's Michael Pearle and Clendon Ross give you their picks, and the reasoning behind those picks, in this week's game between Texas and Baylor.

IT's Picks:

Pearle -- Baylor, after being embarrassed by Tech before the BU Homecoming crowd last Saturday, should be motivated to give Texas everything it can handle this week. Nothing, nothing makes the green and gold guys happier than knocking off the Horns, and doing so this week would be a magic elixir for Kevin Steele’s program. So I am expecting a truly crazed effort from Baylor this week. But I like what I have been hearing from Mack Brown about keeping his team focused. He knows his team is in dangerous waters in terms of motivation right now playing middle- to lower-tier programs, and it must scare him to death. So he and his staff have been working the guys hard, especially during Tuesday workouts, to avert a huge meltdown. And that is what it would take for Baylor to upset Texas this week, a Longhorn meltdown of Three Mile Island proportion. Ain’t gonna happen. The Horns win this one in a rout. Texas 48, Baylor 14.

Ross -- This is going to be short and to the point. Of all the teams Texas has faced or will face this season, Baylor may be the team that has shown the most improvement from last fall. Sadly for the Bears, that improvement hasn't elevated the team's level of play enough to be competitive in the Big 12, which shows you just how bad the team has been over the last four years. Baylor has yet to win a conference game this season (and it hasn't tasted victory in a league game since beating Kansas on Oct. 10, 1998, a streak of 26 straight conference losses), and they won't do it this weekend against the Horns. Baylor is inept on offense and virtually incapable of slowing an opposing running attack. Cedric Benson will take a whole lotta steps towards Ricky Williams' freshman rushing record (he needs to average a very do-able 139 yards per game over the season's closing three-game stretch to break Ricky's mark) and towards a 1,000 season and the UT D will turn in another solid effort (although, as it does each week, it will fall asleep on at least one BU drive and allow the Bears an easy TD). Texas 49, Baylor 9.

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