In a game that looked like it would be just another matchup prior to the season, the Baylor Bears will be looking to inch one step closer to a Big 12 title this week. Baylor is coming off a huge win against the Oklahoma Sooners in which they demolished the conference rival by 29 points.
On the other side of the field, the Texas Tech Red Raiders have fallen off the map a bit after beginning the season with a 7-0 record and a strong chance at winning a conference title, but have lost three straight games. The Red Raiders are looking to avoid a terrible finish to what looked to be a promising season.
Baylor has one of the top offenses in college football and that’s thanks to two Heisman-hopeful players at running back and quarterback. While Lache Seastrunk is likely out of the race for the coveted trophy by now, he is still having a solid season with 888 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Bryce Petty is still in the hunt for the trophy with his 2,657 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the third-ranked passing offense and top-ranked scoring offense in the nation. Antwan Goodley has been the top wide out and a talented one at that, catching 44 passes for 974 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Texas Tech’s offense isn’t anything to overlook, either. The Red Raiders are led by a freshman quarterback duo that have tag-teamed their way to the No. 1 overall passing offense in college football. Baker Mayfield began the season as well as playing last week’s game, passing for 1,764 yards and eight touchdowns while Davis Webb has been the main quarterback as of late, passing for 2,315 yards and 16 touchdowns. Jace Amaro is taking advantage of the top passing attack, catching 88 passes for 1,102 yards and four touchdowns for the Red Raiders as the run game ranks 105th in the nation.
Defensively, Texas Tech has been better this season than it had been in years past. The Red Raiders rank 69th in points allowed per game and 51st in yards allowed per game with under 400. Baylor has also been considerably more impressive on the defensive side of the ball this season, ranking sixth in points allowed and eighth in yards allowed per game.
Texas Tech will travel to Baylor to take on the Bears at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be broadcasted on FOX.
PREDICTION: Texas Tech 24, Baylor 41