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First glance: Breaking down Baylor

10/15/2012

Campus location: Waco, Texas

Nickname: Bears

Conference: Big 12

Record: 3-2, 0-2 in the Big 12

Record vs. Texas: 24-73-4

Last game: Someone finally slowed down the Baylor offense and it was TCU. The Horned Frogs held Baylor to 21 points. The Bears had been averaging 54 points per game. TCU did it by not allowing Baylor to have the ball. The Horned Frogs had it for 42 minutes as opposed to Baylor’s 18.

Last meeting with Texas: The Longhorns went into the game saying they did not want Robert Griffin III to win the Heisman against them. The Baylor quarterback had it all wrapped up by halftime. Griffin’s performance, along with six Texas turnovers -- five were from starter Case McCoy -- allowed the Bears to beat Texas for the second straight year.

Key player: Quarterback Nick Florence is the top player in FBS in total offense with 404.4 yards per game. He is second in passing efficiency. The veteran player has very good accuracy and the arm to get the ball to his speedy receivers. If he is allowed to sit in the pocket, Florence can easily pick apart a defense.

Why Baylor might win: Baylor has speed to burn at the wide receiver position. This means the Bears will be able to spread out the defense. That means the middle will be all clear for the Bears' running game. Texas has allowed an average of 270 rushing yards per game in the last three games because the middle has been so porous.

Why Baylor might lose: The Bears are not every good at defense. OK, they are terrible. Baylor has allowed 119 points in the last two games. One of those teams was West Virginia. But the other was TCU, which was working with a backup quarterback. Baylor is equally bad against the pass and the run and is ranked dead last in FBS in total defense.