The Baylor Bears are one of those teams that can come out of nowhere to win the Big 12 and there are two guys on the team that are worthy of Heisman contention. Baylor is now 6-0 and a completely different team than it was a year ago. This team could easily win the wide-open Big 12 conference this season.
On the other side of the field, the Kansas Jayhawks have reeled off three-straight losses after starting the season 2-1. Sitting at 2-4, the Jayhawks have very little hope of making a bowl this season, but if they want any chance of winning six games, they will need to start with a win over Baylor.
Baylor has one of the scariest offenses in college football. Coming off a victory in which the Bears scored 71 points, the Bears have the top scoring offense in the nation, averaging well over 60 points per game. Junior quarterback Bryce Petty is completing 70 percent of his passes and has 2,023 yards and 15 touchdowns in six games while throwing just one interception. Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese are the top targets for Petty, combining for 1,565 yards and 14 touchdown receptions. Lache Seastrunk is one of the top running backs in the nation, rushing for 760 and 10 touchdowns on 9.2 yards per carry.
Kansas has one of the least potent offenses in the conference. The Jayhawks rank near the bottom nationally in passing yards, rushing yards and points per game averages. Jake Heaps leads the team at quarterback with 903 yards and six touchdowns, but the passing offense is the 14th-worst in the nation. The run game isn’t much better, ranking 99th in the nation in yards per game. James Sims leads the rushing attack with 519 yards and four touchdowns on 110 carries.
Defensively, the Jayhawks have an average defense, making their offense look even worse. They rank 65th in points allowed per game and 76th in yards allowed per game with just over 425. Baylor ranks seventh in the nation in yards allowed per game and 14th in the nation in yards allowed per game with 335 — much better than the mediocre defense from a season ago.
Baylor will travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
PREDICTION: Baylor 51, Kansas 20