NCAA College Football Preview: L.A.-Monroe vs. Baylor

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The term “trap game” is used so often I sometimes expect the “T” to erode away any day now. However, the L.A.-Monroe Warhawks are indeed a very dangerous opponent for the 20th-ranked Baylor Bears, and they are the closest thing to a trap game the Bears have yet faced this season.

Baylor has been beating up on grid iron midgets with a resounding victory over Wofford followed by a 70-13 flying elbow drop over the University of Buffalo. This game is particularly dangerous for the Bears when considering they threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Warhawks last season, but didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter for a 47-42 victory.

Perhaps they should consider throwing the kitchen sink at them first this time around.

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The 2-0 Baylor squad leads the nation in scoring (69.5 points per game) and yards per game (736.5), but the Warhawks might be the toughest test for their defense so far this season. L.A.-Monroe defeated Wake Forest by two points before destroying Grambling State by 38 points. The letdown came in a 34-0 drubbing by 14th-ranked Oklahoma.

While Baylor isn’t Oklahoma, L.A,-Monroe isn’t either. Junior QB Bryce Petty spreads the love on offense and doesn’t turn the ball over either. His 80 percent completion rate hints at decisive decision-making and execution. LA-Monroe QB Kolton Browning has proven to be a little turnover prone as his four interceptions illustrate.

Baylor will try to dominate the clock by running the ball with leading rusher Lache Seastrunk. They don’t want to give L.A.-Monroe a puncher’s chance at a late victory. The Bears may sweat a little early, but will pull away by the second quarter and win in a blowout.

Ricardo Hazell is a freelance sports writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google.

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  • One Man Difference

    I’d love to see this analysis revisited. What was that about “Baylor isn’t Oklahoma”? Oklahoma only gave LA-Monroe a 34-0 “drubbing”. Baylor didn’t just ‘throw in the kitchen sink early’, they dropped atomic bombs early and often. Baylor has strong potential to be conference champions. The real challenge will be their game in Stillwater against OSU…maybe.

    Additionally, the Baylor starters were pulled before the first 2 minutes of the third quarter after they’d reached 56 points. The rest of the 2nd half was played with the 2nd string players. Not too shabby, eh?