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Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks Preview and Prediction

Corey Coleman

Corey Coleman

This matchup is between two teams that could not be heading in more opposite directions. Baylor is doing as expected starting the season 4-0 in dominating fashion. On the other side of the ball Kansas is continuing to struggle against every opponent losing their first four games by an average of 18 points per.

Unfortunately there will not be much to look forward to for Jayhawk fans other than to watch one of the best teams in the country this weekend in Lawrence, and it’s not the home team.

Baylor at Kansas

Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (Saturday)
TV Channel: FS1
Spread: Baylor -44

Three Things to Watch

1. Kansas’s Ryan Willis
This will not be the first time true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis will see the field this season, but it will be his first start. Willis saw time in relief of Montell Cozart last week after he left the game with a shoulder sprain. With Deondre Ford out for the season with a thumb injury Willis will be the starter for the Jayhawks for the foreseeable future.

Baylor’s defense is currently ranked 83rd in the nation allowing just under 400 total yards per game. If Kansas is going to have any success against the Bears it will have to be in the air. Baylor is ranked 97th in the nation in pass defense allowing just over 253 passing yards per game.

2. Baylor Offense

Believe it or not the Bears actually have more rushing yards this season then passing. Shock Linwood is averaging 9.2 yards per carry on 63 carries this season.

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If you are a fan of high scoring games, at least from one team, this is a game to watch. While Baylor will undoubtedly throw the ball this has the potential to be a career game for Linwood. It really depends on what Bears head coach Art Briles chooses to do. No matter what he does it is going to work.

3. This Really Isn’t Fair

You don’t like to totally count out a team before the game has even started but it is kind of hard not to do so here. Baylor will have their way in every aspect of the game and Kansas will be going along for a ride they truly don’t want to be on.

Baylor just missed out on setting an NCAA record last week for most consecutive games with over 700 total offensive yards (they missed it by only 20 yards). Baylor could easily see over 800 total yards in this game if they so choose. Russell is averaging 12.44 yards per completion and the entire backfield is averaging 7.4 yards per carry. Neither of those averages will go down this Saturday.


Final Analysis

Let’s be honest, there is not much hype surrounding this game. Baylor is one of the best teams in the nation and Kansas is limping through this season.

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You can expect Baylor to score early and often against a Kansas defense that is ranked 121st in the nation out of 127.

The Bears will go after Kansas freshman early and Seth Russell has the highest passing efficiency rating in the nation at 218.7. Expect that impressive number to increase this weekend.

Prediction: Baylor 63, Kansas 10

— Written by Jeremy Simon, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and editor-in-chief of BlueGoldSports.com, a must visit for any and all West Virginia Mountaineer fans. Follow BlueGoldSports.com on Twitter @Blue_GoldSports.