Why Baylor Will Win
– Does Georgia have any players left? Part of the problem in these college football friendlies is that the top player with pro talent have no reason to play in them.
Two future NFL starting offensive linemen – Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson – are taking the game off, and so is all-star safety JR Reed. Starting offensive guard Ben Cleveland and defensive tackle Tyler Clark are missing the game with other issues.
This is already a banged up team with problems at receiver, and with star RB D’Andre Swift dealing with his own injuries. Fortunately for Baylor …
– This was already an offensively-challenged Georgia team before the personnel issues. The running game stalled, there hasn’t been enough from the passing game, there’s little explosion, and this isn’t the type of team that scores in bunches. That all plays right into Baylor’s hands.
BU finished first in the Big 12 in scoring defense, starting with a pass rush that was a steady force all season long. More steady than sensational, the Bear defense is great at controlling games and coming up with key takeaways. Only Florida Atlantic generated more takeaways.
– Charlie Brewer is ready to go. The Baylor quarterback suffered a concussion in the Big 12 Championship loss to Oklahoma, left, came back, and then was done after completing just three of six passes for 15 yards. However, when he’s on, he’s the type of game who doesn’t make big mistakes, it tough running he ball, and has served as a key leader in the program’s resurgence.
No, he’s not Texas QB Sam Ehlinger – who went off on the Bulldogs in last year’s Sugar Bowl – but good enough to handle the pressure that’s coming.