The No. 9 Baylor Bears have a chance to claim a share or win the Big-12 title outright, but must first takedown the No. 23 Texas Longhorns on Saturday afternoon at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Both teams have posted a 7-1 conference record, with the lone loss coming to Big-12 leader Oklahoma State, and both will need the Cowboys to fall against Oklahoma in the day’s earlier game for a shot at the title. The Bears haven’t won an outright conference title in over 30 years, while the Longhorns last crown came in 2009.
Texas is coming off a huge 41-16 blowout win over Texas Tech, punishing the Red Raiders for 281 rushing yards and forcing three turnovers to put themselves in position for the conference title. Running back Malcolm Brown gained 128 yards and Joe Bergeron added another 102 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Case McCoy avoided throwing an interception for the first time in five games, going 10-for-19 for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Since Johnathan Gray was lost for the season after the Longhorns overtime win over West Virginia, Brown has stepped as the feature back, averaging nearly four yards per carry and scoring one touchdown.
Baylor inched past TCU on the road last week, returning two interceptions for touchdowns and generating four total turnovers, while Heisman candidate Bryce Petty threw two touchdowns and rushed for another. The Big-12’s leading rusher per game Lache Seastrunk also returned after missing two games with a groin injury, and gained 94 yards, but top receiver Antwan Goodley was held to one catch for 12 yards.
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Leading the Big-12 with 1,205 yards and 12 touchdowns, Goodley will try to break free against a Longhorns pass defense ranked second in the conference, holding opponents to 215.8 yards per game and responsible for 10 interceptions.
Seastrunk could be more effective against the Texas rushing defense, which ranks sixth in the Big-12 allowing 176.6 yards per game and 25 total touchdowns this season.
Betting Odds: Baylor favored by 15.5 points
Over/Under: 71 points
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Prediction: Baylor 30, Texas 24