The Baylor Bears were not expected to do much in 2013 after one of the worst defenses in the nation plagued them just one short year ago. However, a 5-0 start has begun to turn people’s heads as the Bears look to be one of the best teams, not just in the conference, in the nation.
On the other side of the field, the Iowa State Cyclones have had some bad luck in the past few weeks. A week after losing to the Texas Longhorns in one of the most controversial finishes of the season, the Cyclones lost a close heart-breaker to the mighty Texas Tech Red Raiders, dropping their record to 1-4.
If you’re looking for one of the best offensive attacks in the nation, look no further than Baylor. Lache Seastrunk and Bryce Petty have led the attack for the 12th-ranked Bears this season. Petty, the talented quarterback, has passed for 1,680 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season for the second-ranked passing offense in the nation. Seastrunk is the Heisman-caliber running back for the Bears who has 648 yards and eight touchdowns on 10 yards per carry this season.
Iowa State has one of the worst offenses in the Big 12 although Sam B. Richardson has had a relatively solid season thus far. The sophomore quarterback has passed for 1,187 yards and 10 touchdowns and four interceptions in his second collegiate season. Too bad for this team, the run game has been almost non-existent this season, ranking 84th in the nation with just 150 yards per game on the ground behind leading rusher Aaron Wimberly.
Defensively, the Bears are a much-improved squad from a season ago. Baylor ranks 24th in the nation by allowing just 346 yards per game as well as ranking 18th in the nation with 18 points per game. Iowa State ranks 101st in the nation in yards allowed per game and 87th in the country in points allowed per game.
Iowa State will travel to Baylor to take on the Bears at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 19. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
PREDICTION: Iowa State 17, Baylor 45