#9 TCU vs #5 Baylor Preview

Baylor Bears QB Bryce Petty will see an aggressive TCU defense on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: Matthew Lynch
Baylor Bears QB Bryce Petty will see an aggressive TCU defense on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: Matthew Lynch

By Kendrick E. Johnson

Game Info
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Baylor Bears
Saturday – October 11 – 2:30 pm
McLane Stadium – Waco

Forget the Red River Rivalry in Dallas, the place you want be at in Texas if you are Big 12 fan is Waco, Texas. The third game ever at Baylor’s new on-campus stadium along the Brazos River, about 100 miles south of the State Fair of Texas, will leave the Big 12 with only one undefeated team halfway through the first season with the first four-team College Football Playoff.

The Baylor Bears ranked number three in the USA Today polls will take on the TCU Horned Frogs fresh off their stunning upset of Oklahoma in a game that has major implications on both team’s College Football Playoff hopes.

The big story of TCU’s season thus far has been the play of junior Trevone Boykin, a player Baylor fans know well from his destruction of the Bears defense in that awful 2012 game, a win for the Horned Frogs in Waco. After playing WR during much of last season following Casey Pachall’s return, Boykin seized the starter’s job in the offseason over Aggie transfer Matt Joeckel and has almost bested his 2013 statistics in just four games.

The Bears have a 12-game home winning streak since losing to TCU at their old stadium in October 2012.

At Texas last Saturday, reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year Bryce Petty was 7-of-22 passing for 111 yards, though he did throw for two touchdowns after halftime.

“We’re getting to the stage to where we are really a complete football team, and that’s how you have opportunities to win every time you step on the field,” Baylor coach Art Briles said.

Unlike so many other ranked teams, Baylor survived the weekend of upsets and is now the Big 12’s highest-ranked team.

One of Petty’s worst games last season came at TCU, going 19 of 38 for 206 yards with two TDs and one interception, but the then No. 9 Bears held on for a 41-38 win.

Despite Petty’s struggles, Baylor has one of the most potent offenses in the entire country this year, ranking eighth in passing yards per game, 18th in rushing yards per game and first in points per game, putting up 51 per contest.

McLane Stadium will be rocking for this matchup of top 10 teams on Saturday afternoon but when the dust settles I still have the Bears undefeated with a 34-20 victory over the Horned Frogs.