Baylor Bears Game Day: Texas Longhorns

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The time has now come to start putting the TCU disaster behind us and look to Saturday's opponent: the Texas Longhorns, who are coming off a shellacking of their own this past weekend at the hands of the invaders from the North.

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NR/NR/NR BAYLOR (3-2, 0-2) vs. RV/RV/25 TEXAS (4-2, 1-2)
Oct. 20, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Austin, Texas | Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119)


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Matchup: Baylor Bears (3-2, 0-2) vs. Texas Longhorns (4-2, 1-2)

Series: Texas leads: 73-24-4
Last Game: December 3, 2011: Baylor 48, Texas 24.
SB Nation Blogs: Burnt Orange Nation, Barking Carnival

Baylor's chance for redemption this week comes in prime time in the home of a school seeking just the same thing. Texas suffered their worst loss of the last two seasons this past Saturday against rival Oklahoma in a game more appropriately known as the Red River Blowout than anything else. The Sooners beat Texas 63-21 with the Longhorns scoring a late garbage time touchdown to make it that close and OU outgaining our southern neighbors by almost 400 yards of total offense. It was easily the worst game to date for Texas' supposedly resurgent offense as well as their beleaguered defense. To make matters worse, QB David Ash left the game with a bruised wrist that put his status this week in question (pretty sure he plays), and DE Jackson Jeffcoat was lost for the season with the same injury, a torn pectoral muscle, that sidelined our own TE Jerod Monk. The loss to OU not only damaged the Longhorns' spirit, it hurt their chances for the rest of the season, as well.

In the totality of circumstances, their game actually looked a lot like our own, as our offense sputtered its way through the first half, self-destructed in the second, and the always-troublesome Baylor defense couldn't stop the Frogs. That loss dropped us to 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in conference play, eliminated any possibility of jumping back into the rankings any time soon, and derailed at least partially a train that looked to be somewhat on track. Baylor, like Texas, now has to put an extremely rough game behind it while searching for answers to its many problems. Unlike Texas, obviously, we have to do it as part of a trip on the road. Maybe that will help by shortening the week somewhat and giving our guys another distraction from last week's result or maybe it won't. I can't say.

Here's Texas' entire 2012 schedule:

2012 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
09/01/12 vs. Wyoming TV Austin, Texas W, 37-17
09/08/12 vs. New Mexico TV Austin, Texas W, 45-0
09/15/12 at Ole Miss TV Oxford, Miss. W, 66-31
09/29/12 at Oklahoma State * TV Stillwater, Okla. W, 41-36
10/06/12 vs. West Virginia * TV Austin, Texas L, 48-45
10/13/12 vs. Oklahoma * TV Dallas, Texas L, 63-21
10/20/12 vs. Baylor * TV Austin, Texas 7:00 pm CT
10/27/12 at Kansas * TV Lawrence, Kan. 11:00 am CT
11/03/12 at Texas Tech * Lubbock, Texas TBA
11/10/12 vs. Iowa State * TV Austin, Texas TBA
11/22/12 vs. TCU * TV Austin, Texas 6:30 pm CT
12/01/12 at K-State * Manhattan, Kan. TBA

First Look: Texas

TEAM RANKINGS
120 teams ranked in Football Bowl Subdivision
10 teams ranked in the Big 12 Conference
Category National
Rank
Actual National
Leader
Actual Conf
Rank
Big 12
Conference Leader
Actual
Rushing Offense 43 186.83 Army 385.17 4 Oklahoma St. 263.20
Passing Offense 40 259.17 Baylor 398.40 6 Baylor 398.40
Total Offense 38 446.00 Oklahoma St. 601.40 6 Oklahoma St. 601.40
Scoring Offense 10 42.50 Louisiana Tech 53.83 5 Oklahoma St. 48.60
Rushing Defense 103 209.17 Alabama 55.33 10 TCU 95.50
Pass Efficiency Defense 89 140.26 Alabama 80.99 8 Texas Tech 96.58
Total Defense 99 449.67 Alabama 181.17 8 Texas Tech 243.00
Scoring Defense 94 32.50 Alabama 7.50 8 TCU 14.50
Net Punting 6 42.44 Texas A&M 44.71 2 Oklahoma St. 43.23
Punt Returns 11 16.25 Boston College 31.33 4 Kansas St. 29.67
Kickoff Returns 26 24.86 Rutgers 38.00 6 TCU 27.14
Turnover Margin 26 .83 Rutgers 2.17 4 Kansas St. 1.67
Pass Defense 75 240.50 Alabama 125.83 8 Texas Tech 143.67
Passing Efficiency 13 161.74 Baylor 177.58 5 Baylor 177.58
Sacks T-38 2.33 Tulsa 4.71 3 TCU 2.67
Tackles For Loss 6 8.17 Tulsa 9.86 1 Texas 8.17
Sacks Allowed 16 1.00 Air Force .00 3 Oklahoma St. .40

Links for more information:

SBNation's Preseason Texas Preview
Football Study Hall's Statistical Profile
Official "Game Week" from TexasSports.com.

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