Oklahoma-TCU Highlights Vegas Big 12 Predictions Week 6

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Saturday Blitz Vegas Big 12 Predictions Week 6

No. 7 Baylor Bears at Texas Longhorns

Line: Baylor by 15

The Baylor Bears are looking as good as ever, but they still have no quality wins to speak of yet. And this road game against Texas, arguably the third-worst team in the Big 12, is the toughest game yet for the team. Against a Longhorns squad that plays absolutely no offense but great defense, Baylor’s offense and Bryce Petty have a very good chance to prove just how good they are. The defense, meanwhile, has to show up and make sure Texas’s offense looks as bad as it has looked so far this season. Baylor has had a great passing game to this point, but the rushing game is also strong, and that might be what they want to use to pull out a victory Saturday to avoid making too many mistakes.

Texas, meanwhile, simply has to find an offense to pull off the upset. The injury to David Ash at quarterback has clearly hurt this team severely, but Tyrone Swoopes has gotten better each week, throwing for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns last week along with having a rushing touchdown and 0 interceptions. But his completion percentage has to improve for the offense to be decent, and the offensive line has to do a much better job of protecting him and getting a running game going. Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown have had no holes to run through. If the offense can get a rhythm, the defense might be good enough to help lead an upset at home. But it will take dramatic improvement.


Texas’s offense is getting better by the week, but it won’t be enough this weekend. The Longhorns still have way too many problems, and Baylor’s offense can’t be held in check for too long. Petty and the rest of the Bears will sputter a bit in the first half, but with no help from the offense, they’ll take off in the second half and turn an interesting game into a blowout.

Baylor: 38 Texas: 14

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