This is a fantastic “national attention” opportunity for Matt Rhule to prove this 4-2 start is for real. Craft a game plan that uses the wide receiver talent and quarterback mobility Baylor has, and the Texas defense will peter out towards the end of the game.
But... the defense needs to plug some of the major leaks in this boat name “Secondary” and quick.
Texas unfortunately wins another squeaker, 31-28.
Baylor has a chance if they can contain Texas’ rushing attack and force Ehlinger to beat them deep. Brewer needs to be wary of a talented Texas secondary, but I think that Baylor has the weapons to move the football. If Baylor can play mistake-free and keep it close into the 4th quarter, the Bears have a great shot at stealing a game in Austin.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the improvements on defense come fast enough for this one. Texas punishes Baylor miscues in the ground game and a couple of costly turnovers cost us the cover. 41-24 Texas.
Baylor’s going to have an extremely difficult time stopping Sam Ehlinger from running, and if Baylor wants to play quite a bit of Tampa 2 or use quarterback spies, then Texas is going to have some underneath routes open. Baylor’s best defensive players are underclassmen, so there’s hope for the 2019 and 2020 Baylor defense. There isn’t much for the 2018 unit against good teams.
I think Baylor will score a decent bit in this game. Texas might be able to shut down Baylor’s running game, and the Bears will really struggle if another offensive linemen goes down. But this offense has been pretty good lately, and I think they’ll give the Longhorns some problems. But ultimately, Baylor doesn’t have the talent to match Texas, and this team is too young to feel like they have much of a chance in Austin. 42-27 Texas.
Both of these teams are hot off of last-second field goal victories. #9 Texas (5-1) picked up a huge win over rival Oklahoma. The Longhorns were able to build a large lead, before watching it vanish in the 4th quarter. Luckily for them, the offense had just enough left in it to get a game winning field goal. Baylor (4-2), similarly, let up a lot of explosive offensive plays but was able to ride out the punches and garner enough offense to get a game winning kick as well. Texas is the better team in this match up, Baylor is still deep in a rebuilding process. But there is a lot of bad blood between these teams. I imagine the Bears are going to play their hearts out. With the possibility of Texas still basking in the glory of its upset win last week, this matchup is definitely on trap game alert. However, I’ll stick with the safe pick: prove me wrong Baylor. 38-21 Texas.