After a rough start to the season, the Texas Longhorns seem prime and ready for a huge win against an in-state rival. Mack Brown was fighting for his job, but has seemingly won it back with a 7-1 record after starting the season 8-3. Not many people thought Brown would still be the head coach at this point in the year after a horrid start.
The Baylor Bears have had one of the best seasons in school history and they aren’t even the best team in the conference. With no shot at winning the conference title outright, the Bears’ 9-0 start to the season seems to be all for nothing — especially if they don’t make a BCS bowl appearance.
Texas has been searching for a solid, healthy quarterback solution all season long and Case McCoy has taken over for David Ash and has done a solid job. McCoy is the younger brother of former Longhorn quarterback, Colt McCoy, who has passed for 1,831 yards and just 10 touchdowns on the year, having a tough time finding the endzone through the air. Mike Davis has been his favorite target, catching 46 passes for 701 yards and eight touchdowns while Malcolm Brown leads the run game behind the injured Jonathan Gray with 643 yards and nine touchdowns.
Baylor has been one of the most electric teams in the nation this season, ranking first in the nation in points scored per game, fourth in passing yards per game and 11th in rushing yards per game. Bryce Petty has been in Heisman talks all year long and it looks like those talks have died off a bit, but he is still having a great season, passing for 3,557 yards and 28 touchdowns. Antwan Goodley has been one of the best wide receivers in the nation, catching 59 passes for 1,205 yards and 12 scores. Running back Lache Seastrunk has played a limited amount of time in three of the past four games — if any at all — but has still been solid this season, rushing for 982 yards and 11 scores.
Defensively, Baylor has been much better this season than in years past. The Bears rank 27th in points allowed as well as 31st in yards allowed per game. Texas has not been as impressive on defense this season, ranking 53rd in points allowed and 52nd in yards allowed per game.
Texas will travel to Baylor to take on the Bears at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 7. The game will be broadcasted on FOX.
PREDICTION: Texas 28, Baylor 42
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