Baylor vs. Kansas State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Baylor vs. Kansas State fearless prediction and game preview.
Baylor (0-4) vs. Kansas State (2-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS
Baylor is playing better.
It might be a full-on rebuild season for the program under new head coach Matt Rhule, and the potential is there to only get uglier with Oklahoma State and West Virginia up next, but is there something to get excited about after pushing Oklahoma in the 49-41 loss?
Kansas State has had two weeks off after giving Vanderbilt an overinflated sense of self-confidence in a 14-7 loss, and now there can’t be any messing around with a trip to Texas up next with TCU and Oklahoma to follow.
The offense has to get going again, the defense has to clamp down on a Bear attack that appears to have found something, and now it’s time to get the team looking like it might be good enough to battle for the Big 12 title.
Take care of conference business, and the Vandy loss doesn’t matter.
One Reason Why Baylor Will Win
Zach Smith appears to be the answer.
Anu Solomon was given the shot early on, but he wasn’t getting the job done. Smith was thrown in against Duke and struggled, throwing three picks in an awful 12-of-34 day. But against Oklahoma, it all worked, throwing for 463 yards and four touchdowns without an interception, showing off a great command for the offense as the Bears kept pace throughout.
For all of Baylor’s other issues, the defense is getting behind the line and is applying decent pressure. It hasn’t mattered all that much – the D is still getting torched – but there’s hope of bothering the Kansas State backfield. However …
One Reason Why Kansas State Will Win
The Baylor defensive front might get into the backfield, but it’s getting destroyed by everyone’s ground game.
Helped by a 99-yard touchdown dash, Oklahoma rolled for 342 yards and four scores, and UTSA and Duke also ran for over 200 yards against a line that’s getting blown off the ball with way too much ease.
And yes, while Zach Smith might be throwing well, and he could be coming off a big day against Oklahoma, he also throws a whole lot of interceptions.
He gave up those three to Duke the week before, and last year, he threw seven in his final four games including three in the loss to Kansas State.
What’s Going To Happen
Kansas State is going to run wild.
With the time off to gear it up, the Wildcats will get Jesse Ertz and all the parts working from the start, controlling the clock and third downs all game long.
The Wildcats will have the ball for over 35 minutes, they’ll stop the Bears on several third downs in the first half, and they’ll hit on just enough big pass plays to open this up fast.
Kansas State will be Kansas State. Baylor will go back to being pre-Oklahoma Baylor.
Baylor vs. Kansas State Prediction
Kansas State 45, Baylor 17
Kansas State -16.5, o/u: 59.5
5: “U Bum” – 1: “Dotard” … 3
Must See Rating
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