(7) Baylor vs. Texas Tech Preview

KD Cannon and the Baylor Bears look to move up in College Football Playoff rankings. Photo Courtesy: Matthew Lynch
KD Cannon and the Baylor Bears look to move up in College Football Playoff rankings. Photo Courtesy: Matthew Lynch

By Kendrick E. Johnson

Game Info
Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech
Saturday – November 29 – 2:30 pm
AT&T Stadium – Dallas

The Bears (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) get to go inside for their neutral-site game against Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium Saturday. They are coming off a waterlogged home victory over Oklahoma State.

“It’s just a great environment. It really is and I think you play with a little more pep in your step, and the controlled environment really does make a difference,” coach Art Briles said Monday. “Everything is pretty precise and if you have an accurate QB and you can throw and catch a little bit then it’s conducive to that. It’s clear and the vision is good.”

This will be the fifth time Baylor and Texas Tech (4-7, 2-6) have played in the NFL stadium. The Red Raiders are the “home” team this season.

The series had been played on campus sites from its inception in 1929 until 2009, the year the Cowboys’ new stadium opened. There was one meeting at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in nearby Dallas before moving back to Arlington.

“It’s where the Cowboys play. It’s always cool to play in that place because of what it brings and who plays there,” Bears quarterback Bryce Petty said. “That’s where we all want to be, playing on Sundays. You’re playing on the same field they are, so you love the whole emotion and the setting.”

Baylor has one of the best offenses in the entire nation, ranking fourth in passing yards per game and first in the entire country in points per game. Petty has been one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and he should be on the radar of Heisman voters everywhere. The senior quarterback has passed for 2,683 yards, 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions while completing 58 percent of his passes. Sophomore wide out Corey Coleman leads the team in receiving with 47 catches for 871 yards and nine touchdowns while freshman stud KD Cannon has 41 catches for 761 yards and six scores. Shock Linwood leads the solid run game with 977 yards and 13 touchdowns as Johnny Jefferson is second on the team with 433 yards and three touchdowns.

The Red Raiders overcame adversity and escaped Ames, Iowa, with a win. Though, it was not the most beautiful win, it was hard-fought from beginning to end.

Patrick Mahomes had another notable game after going 23 of 35 for 328 yards and throwing four touchdowns. Mahomes has tossed four touchdown passes for the second straight game in his third start in place of the injured Davis Webb (ankle).

“He’s doing a lot of good things for that age,” Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “You know there are going to be some spots that he’s got to grow, but for a true freshman, pretty pleased with where he’s at.”

Despite the rivalry I’m expecting Baylor to put on another high powered offensive show and beat Tech with ease.

Prediction: Baylor 56, Texas Tech 20