After tumbling from No. 11 in the country to completely out of the Top 25 in the last two weeks, the Texas Longhorns try to save their season against the Baylor Bears Saturday night at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Texas hoped to salvage their season in the Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma, but suffered a demoralizing 63-21 loss last week. The Sooners put up a 35-2 first half lead, and the Longhorns didn’t reach the end zone until the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma’s Damien Williams rattled off 167 yards rushing and Blake Bell had four red zone touchdowns as the Sooners gained 343 yards on the ground.
Texas quarterback David Ash threw two interceptions and was forced to leave in the fourth quarter with a wrist injury and the Longhorns down 49-8. Still Ash said this week he will play against Baylor.
The Bears are trying to rebound from a blowout loss of their own, after TCU dominated them 49-21 last week. Baylor had six turnovers, including four interceptions from quarterback Nick Florence, and was outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter.
The Bears started off well with a 74-yard touchdown reception from Florence to receiver Terrance Williams, but TCU freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin fired off three consecutive touchdown passes and Baylor never held the lead again.
Williams had three catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns, but the rest of the Bears’ offense struggled throughout the game.
Even with his worst game of the season, Florence, who went 12-for-19 with 289 yards against the Horned Frogs, still leads the country’s top passing offense. Baylor is averaging 398.4 passing yards per game.
Betting Odds: Texas is favored by 9 points
Over/Under: 80 points
Prediction: Both teams began their midseason slides with losses to West Virginia, and it appears their defenses are still reeling. This will be battle between Ash and Florence, with Texas eventually coming out on top.
Predicted Score: Texas 42, Baylor 30