BAYLOR VS. TEXAS PREVIEW: Bears try to ground high-flying Horns

Baylor and Texas line up at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday.Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Baylor and Texas kick off at 2:30 on Saturday at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium. Texas is a 14-point favorite and has an 84-percent chance of winning according to ESPN's matchup predictor. But that just makes them a bigger Goliath to the Bears' David.


QB Charlie Brewer came up big in the fourth quarter against Kansas State, tossing a touchdown pass to Denzel Mims to tie the game and connected on five of five passes for 44 yards on the game-winning drive. He finished with 296 passing yards, a TD and an interception.

WR Jalen Hurd showed up as the Bears’ most valuable offensive player against Kansas State as he caught 11 passes for 135 yards and also ran it 8 times for 57 yards and a touchdown.

RB Craig Williams, who is known by the nickname “Sqwirl,” popped in his debut as he rushed twice for 35 yards against Kansas State. He broke loose for a 21-yard touchdown run that gave Baylor a 34-27 lead in the fourth quarter.

DT James Lynch continues to be a disruptive force in the middle for Baylor. He made 5 total tackles against Kansas State, including a sack for 8 yards and another TFL for a 2-yard loss.

SERIES HISTORY: Texas leads the all-time series, 77-26-4. The Bears and Longhorns have split the last eight meetings, but the Horns have won three in a row.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That’s why it’s much more fun to be a punter than a kicker. If they have a bad punt, they just play defense.” – Baylor coach Matt Rhule on the challenge kickers have of waiting for a chance to redeem themselves after misses.

KEY MATCHUP: Texas QB Sam Ehlinger vs. Baylor front seven. Dual-threat quarterbacks Quentin Harris of Duke and Kyler Murray of Oklahoma both lit up Baylor’s defense. Even Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson made big plays with his legs and arm in the Bears’ win on Saturday. Ehlinger is coming off a stellar performance as he led Texas to a win over Oklahoma in the Red River shootout. If he gets into the secondary like other dual-threat QBs have against Baylor, he’s likely to add to the Bears’ big-play problems. Baylor has surrendered 12 TD plays of 24 yards or longer in the last two games.