Baylor vs. TCU: Previewing Saturday's Big 12 Rivalry Game

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears celebrates a touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT&T Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The ninth-ranked Baylor Bears (9-1 overall, 6-1 conference) are coming off the team’s first loss of the season, but the program must refocus its attention to this week’s task of taking down Big 12 rival TCU Horned Frogs (4-7, 2-6).

Baylor was in the hunt for a BCS National Championship, but a devastating 49-17 loss to Oklahoma State has ruined any hope of that dream coming to fruition. While the Bears could be mentally broken by the defeat, the program is too strong to falter two weeks in a row.

With TCU struggling this season, Baylor will be back with a vengeance.

Here is all the vital viewing information and a preview of Saturday’s Big 12 action.


When: Saturday, November 30, at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Watch: ESPN 2

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Free Football Radio


Preview and Prediction

There is no question that there should be frustration in the Baylor program after such a lopsided loss in the team’s most important game, but the Bears must learn from their mistakes and enter this pivotal game with clear minds.

Baylor is still the far more talented team in this matchup and has the firepower to outgun the Horned Frogs, but the entire offensive unit must prove it has put its lackluster performance last week behind it and is moving forward.

Junior quarterback Bryce Petty is one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, and his 26 touchdowns through the air and 10 on the ground will be a matchup nightmare for TCU.

If the Horned Frogs leave a defender to spy the quarterback on every play, the Bears will turn to their elite two-headed monster in the backfield. With the running back tandem of Lache Seastrunk and Shock Linwood combining for 19 touchdowns and 1,729 yards this season, the ground attack must bounce back for a lackluster performance against OK State.

TCU’s defense has been stingy in 2013, giving up just 23.8 points per game, but the program has allowed 30 or more points to three of the last four opponents. That defensive vulnerability and Baylor’s desire to bounce back from a devastating loss will result in a lopsided final score.

Predicted Final Score: Baylor 60, TCU 30