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You may not have guessed from our lack of coverage this week, but Baylor is playing TCU today. Crazy, right?

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13/13 BAYLOR (6-1, 3-1) vs. NR/NR TCU (4-4, 2-3)
Nov. 5, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)

TV: FOX
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OPPONENT: TCU Horned Frogs
ODB GAME HUB:
Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs 2016
OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
GOFROGS.com
OURDAILYPODCAST: Live Pod with Amy P!
MEDIA GUIDE: 2016 TCU Football Media Guide (Click here for roster)
LAST MEETING: 28-21 TCU | ODB Game Hub
LAST GAME: L; TCU 24, Texas Tech 27 (2OT)
SB NATION BLOG: Frogs O' War, at right
SPREAD: Baylor –7 (Open: Baylor –9)
TV COVERAGE: FOX, 2:30 p.m. CT
UNIFORMS: #BlackOut

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM:

We're wearing blackout uniforms for a greenout game the day after our entire coaching staff (plus support personnel) made another unified statement in support of our former Head Coach, the same guy people wanted to wear black to support for this game.  I have a hard time believing these things aren't somehow related (although Chris Platt just tweeted something denying that it is).

I have so many thoughts on this that I've tried to organize basically ever since Baylor announced yesterday that the team had chosen to wear black.  I'll start by saying that I don't blame any of our coaches, players, or other staff members for loving and supporting Art Briles.  He was a father/coach/mentor to virtually all of them, none of whom would probably even be here without him.  That they would want the truth as they see it told about his involvement in the scandal and would support him more or less unconditionally should surprise no one.  It doesn't surprise me, and I'm not upset about it.

What I've wanted from the beginning in this scandal is simple.  First and foremost, I want Baylor to learn from its mistakes, which nobody seems to argue occurred and cost the victims of these tragedies dearly.  We have a moral and ethical obligation to be better than those around us in exactly this type of situation, because we profess as part of our core beliefs about who we are that we are better.  We haven't been.  The absolute worst thing that could come from all this is nothing.

Second, I want healing for the victims as much as that is even possible under the circumstances.  They deserve to know that Baylor will do everything in its power to make sure this kind of thing never happens again.

Third, I want the division in Baylor Nation to end so that we can move forward together.  I'm so tired of seeing the tribalism of pro-Briles vs. pro-BOR vs. pro-Truth (whatever that means) people having at each other in the open, because it makes the possibility that a unified Baylor Nation can emerge from all this slim to none.

Going to Baylor was the first major life-changing choice I think I ever made for myself.  I've never really regretted it.  I met my wife there and got married.  We take our three children there as often as possible to show them part of who we are.  I hope against hope that both of my children with special needs get the same opportunity to go there that I had, and I expect that my oldest child will at least consider it when the time comes.  I want them, and everybody else, to see Baylor the way I see it, as a transformative place of good for so many.  That's not what it's been (or, more accurately, the way it's been seen), but I am hopeful that it can be again.

ADVANCED STATS:

Never did a preview this week once again, so ... yeah.

Category

Baylor (6-1)

TCU (4-4)

EDGE

Overall F/+ Rk 18 (30.4%)
48 (11.0%)
Baylor
Overall FEI Rk 21 (.131)
58 (.029)
Baylor
Overall S&P+ Rk 18 (16.0)
37 (8.4)
Baylor
Field Position Advantage --
-- n/a

Might as well throw all these out, along with the record books, though.  This is a RIVALRY GAME, after all.

GAME NOTES:

I don't care about the final score, just win.  We absolutely have to win.

  • Kavontae Turpin is back, apparently.  He's also really good, even though he's yet to really look 100% from where he was early in this season.
  • Kenny Hill is going to make a few stupid throws, and we have to be ready to take advantage.  I mean really stupid throws.  He's also going to make a couple of "WOW" plays with his legs to extend drives.  Just get ready for that.  If he struggles, don't be surprised to see Foster Sawyer come into the game like he did a week ago.
  • TCU doesn't really represent the kind of running threat that, for example, Texas did with D'Onta Foreman.  They can run the ball a little bit and will use a handful of different players to do it, including Kyle Hicks. The biggest threat is probably Hill himself, since we haven't seen this defense take on a truly mobile QB yet.
  • Seth Russell has to be a better passer than he was a week ago for most of this to even matter.  At the same time, our WRs have to run better, more consistent routes and not take plays off (I'm looking at you, KD Cannon). 
  • Shock Linwood SHOULD play today but may be limited.  We don't know yet.  Same for Terence Williams, although he apparently practiced all week.
  • Travon Blanchard needs to bounce back from a poor tackling week against Texas today.  He's going to be critical from the NB spot against TCU's slots and backs.

My Prediction: Baylor 35, TCU 31.

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