Week 6 Preview
#7 Baylor at Texas, Saturday, 2:30 PM – ABC
This week’s AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl game of the week switches back to the Big 12 for Saturday’s showdown between undefeated Baylor and a somewhat slow starting Texas Longhorn team that will be looking for a big upset. We’ll be on hand for this one, while also keeping tabs on all of the other big games going on this Saturday.
The Bears are off to an incredible start against a relatively light schedule, only facing Iowa State and three overmatched out of conference opponents. Regardless, the offensive statistics as usual are once again staggering, as the Bears are number 1 in scoring offense and 4th in passing offense despite quarterback Bryce Petty being banged up for part of the season.
In a new development, the Bears’ defense has also been impressive, currently sitting 6th in the country in yards per game. As mentioned before, the competition hasn’t exactly been stellar, but the statistics are impressive none-the-less considering how much time the Baylor defense has to spend on the field.
The Longhorns have navigated arguably the nation’s toughest out of conference schedule, losing big to 18th ranked BYU but nearly upsetting 8th ranked UCLA in Dallas. First year Head Coach Charlie Strong has instilled a new discipline to the program, dismissing a number players since taking over in the spring, moves that have left the Longhorns depth somewhat depleted but that should benefit them in the long term. They’ve also lost projected starting quarterback David Ash, who unfortunately was forced to retire from the sport after a series of concussions.
However redshirt freshman Tyrone Swoopes has impressed in relief and definitely has the tools to rejuvenate a struggling Longhorn offense. The Longhorn defense, fresh off a shutout of Kansas last week, could be one of few teams in the country with the athletes to slow down Baylor’s offense. It’ll help if they can get heavy pressure from star tackle Malcolm Brown and company to force Petty into mistakes and create short fields for the offense.
Poking the Bear(s)
A few Texas players took the opportunity this week to get the trash talking started a little bit early. Needless to say these both likely ended up on the Baylor bulletin board, in case they needed any more motivation:
– “Nobody’s ever heard of that.” Texas CB Quandre Diggs after hearing that Baylor was adopting the #WRU title
– “They’re still Baylor. Just because they started playing better, that’s good for them. We’re still Texas.” UT WR John Harris on Monday
Can the Longhorns pull off the upset in Baylor’s first real test of the season? Tune into ABC on Saturday at 2:30 to see this key early season Big 12 matchup and be sure follow us on Twitter to see our photos and reports from the game.