Texas vs. Baylor prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in Saturday’s battle between the Longhorns and Bears.
It’s sheer impatience that will send Charlie Strong out the door if indeed that does happen. And it seems more and more likely that it will, despite the fact that he’s getting Texas closer to living up to the lofty expectations. Any win helps Strong keep his job, and I’m going with the Longhorns to pull this one out and shake up the Big 12 race as Baylor loses its first game of the year.
There was a point last week when Texas could have actually come back against Kansas State … and then Trent Domingue shanked what should have been a gimme 35-yard field goal. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is everything you need to know about this Texas team. Close, but no cigar. The defense is young and vulnerable, the offense, outside of D’Onta Foreman, has slowed, and the special teams are unreliable. There is no real reason to pick the Longhorns in a game against one of the nation’s best offenses. Baylor hasn’t been tested all season; that trend continues.
I still don’t think Charlie Strong deserves to get fired. I just don’t buy it. Maybe that’s because I would’ve loved to have played for a guy like him. Regardless of what I think, he’ll be one step closer to the door after Texas loses this game. Shane Buechele has a bright future. D’Onta Foreman has been underappreciated all season. But Baylor is just firing on all cylinders on offense right now. Seth Russell will sling it around the field, and Terence Williams will provide the pop in the running game. Baylor wins this one by two possessions.
Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles remained in Waco even after his father was let go, and he has kept the Bears offense rolling. So Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong, who took over defensive play-calling duties from Vance Bedford, will have his hands full. This Texas defense has struggled mightily, and it will give up a ton of yards, but I think the ‘Horns defense can stymie the Bears offense in the red zone, and Shane Buechele will have a big day through the air. This will be a four-quarter game, with the Bears slipping by after a late score. Close, but no cigar for Strong and Co.
What many fans may not know is that Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring defense and total defense, to go along with it’s third ranked offense. Shane Buechele and D’Onta Foreman are as dangerous a combination as the Bears have seen all season, but Shock Linwood and Seth Russell will match them punch for punch. The Bears defense sets the teams apart, and Baylor pulls away late to win by three scores.
Hey, it is the two schools who will probably throw a bunch of money at Tom Herman despite the fact that his team has now lost two games this season against overmatched opponents. Texas has to have everything its way, so the Longhorns will probably win the bidding war for Herman as they fire a guy in Charlie Strong that is extremely close to getting the program back to where it should be. The Longhorns will lose this game, though. Baylor rolls.