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Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones Prediction and Preview

Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones Prediction and Preview

Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones Prediction and Preview

Bowl eligibility is on the line Saturday as the Baylor Bears travel to Ames to face the Iowa State Cyclones in a battle of five-win Big 12 teams. Baylor took a big step toward the postseason last week by upsetting Oklahoma State 35-31 last week. With the victory, the Bears improved to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play, having already more than doubled their win total from head coach Matt Rhule’s first season in 2017.

Iowa State improved its record to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12 with a 27-3 win over Kansas last week, and the Cyclones moved up slightly to No. 22 in the College Football Playoff rankings as well. Matt Campbell’s team has now won four in a row, which has also kept it alive in the race to claim a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Baylor at Iowa State

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FS1

Spread: Iowa State -14.5

Three Things to Watch

1. The quarterbacks

Both Baylor and Iowa State have started multiple quarterbacks this season because of injury. The Bears began the season with Charlie Brewer as the starter, and the sophomore currently ranks No. 6 in the Big 12 in passing (208.4 yards per game). However, Brewer split time with senior transfer Jalen McClendon early this year before securing the top spot on the depth chart, and McClendon got the start against Oklahoma State because Brewer had gone under the concussion protocol the week before. Brewer was inserted into the game in the fourth quarter with the Bears down by 10 points and threw two touchdown passes to lead a dramatic come-from-behind win. The sophomore should start Saturday.