Did you know that by the time Baylor rolls into Royal-Memorial Stadium, it’ll be the Bears’ third straight road game? Baylor’s at Buffalo on Sept. 12 before opening Big 12 play at Iowa State 15 days later. Those should be easy wins, but will all that travel take some starch out of them?
Did you know that the last time Texas and Baylor played at DKR, in 2012, they combined for 106 points? And that’s not all. They totaled 1,132 yards, 56 first downs and came away with points on all 13 red zone visits. Texas won, 56-50, despite being shut out the final 12 minutes.
Did you know that last year, Baylor QB Bryce Petty was not invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York despite racking up 4,200 passing yards, 32 TDs and only 3 interceptions? Baylor’s still smarting over the snub.
We’re spending these next seven days examining Texas’ 2014 schedule. We’ve already done Texas-North Texas, Texas-BYU, Texas-UCLA and Texas-Kansas.
Game 5: Oct. 4
TEXAS VS. BAYLOR
What better way for Charlie Strong and the Longhorns to announce themselves as Big 12 title contenders than by taking down the league’s defending champions? This will be a good test to see whether Strong’s defense is equipped to handle the frenetic-paced offense of the Big 12. Expect to see the Horns’ offense chew up clock to keep Petty off the field.
Baylor, coming off its first Big 12 title in school history, is picked second in the conference, behind Oklahoma. The Bears, who’ll open the season ranked 10th in the coaches poll, figure to be 4-0 entering this game. Unless, of course, you see them falling to SMU, Northwestern State, Buffalo or Iowa State.
Last year when Texas played Baylor, an outright Big 12 title hung in the balance on Dec. 7. Tied 3-3 at halftime, Baylor stampeded Texas to close Floyd Casey Stadium in style, 30-10. Baylor scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half and added a field goal on its third.
The defeat marked the fourth lopsided loss for Texas, which added a fifth to Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.
Last year, behind Petty, who would be named the Big 12’s offensive player of the year, Baylor started off 9-0, climbing to No. 4 in the polls. A 32-point loss to Oklahoma State capsized a perfect season. Blake Bortles and Central Florida ran roughshod on Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, 52-42.
Texas vs. Baylor: FYI
Storylines: (1) It’ll be the first weekend of October, and Texas will be playing its second big-time opponent besides UCLA. So we’ll find out if the Horns themselves are big-time. (2) Remember the mutual flirtation between Texas and Baylor’s Art Briles this winter? Many in Austin advocated for Briles, who’s been a miracle worker in Waco. (3) Something will have to give here; last year, Baylor led the nation with 618 yards per game. Strong’s Louisville Cardinals led the nation in defense, allowing 251.5 yards.
All-time series: Texas leads, 74-25-4
Last time: Baylor, 30-10 (2013)
Last year: Texas was 8-5, 7-2 in conference, and 4-2 at home (wins over New Mexico State, Kansas State, Kansas and Texas Tech; losses to Ole Miss and Oklahoma State). Baylor was 11-2, 8-1 in conference, and 3-1 on the road (wins at Kansas State, Kansas and TCU; and a loss at Oklahoma State).
Texas vs. Baylor, in Austin: 45-9-2
Texas vs. Baylor, in Waco: 29-16-2
Kirk Bohls says: Baylor wins (he has Texas at 3-2 so far, 1-1 in the Big 12)
Cedric Golden says: Baylor wins (ditto)
Vegas says: Baylor by 3
Tomorrow’s game breakdown: Oklahoma
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