Baylor vs BYU prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Saturday, September 10
Baylor vs BYU How To Watch
Date: Saturday, September 10
Game Time: 10:15 ET
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Baylor (1-0), BYU (1-0)
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Baylor vs BYU Game Preview
Why Baylor Will Win
The defense is going to travel.
The Bears gave up a first quarter touchdown to Albany, and that was it in the 69-10 win. The defense didn’t exactly extend itself – it didn’t have to – but it has the front line to hold up against a fantastic BYU offensive front.
The intensity is about to go up a few notches – expect more good plays on third downs than it showed against the Great Danes – and the offensive side should be fully tuned up.
Blake Shapen was deadly, the big plays with the passing game were there, and the offense should be able to keep it relatively simple without taking a slew of big chances. The defense will take care of the rest.
Why BYU Will Win
How do you know BYU has it? How do you know it’s about to be in for something big? It comes out and obliterates an inferior opponent on the road with a dominant first 20 minutes. It jumped out on USF, led up later on, and won 50-21.
Yes, Baylor has a terrific defense, and yes, it’s not going to get rolled over against the run, but yes, it’ll see an offensive front that’s every bit as strong as anything it’ll face this season. The future Big 12 Cougars have all of the parts in place to pull this off.
Jaren Hall hit 25-of-32 passes for 261 yards and two scores in the win, the running backs have the rotation, and the lines …
To keep harping on this, you can’t hang with Baylor unless you can hold up in the trenches, and BYU can do that.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s a late night game, it’s Provo, and it’s a BYU with a chance to make a giant statement at home.
Can the Cougars overcome the likely loss of its top two receivers? Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua are expected to be out, and that’s going to be a problem against a Baylor defense that doesn’t need any help.
Baylor is more than good enough to pound away and get enough solid play on both sides to pull this off, but BYU will feed off the atmosphere, the early momentum, and the play of its veterans to make this a fantastic, tough game that will show off just how tough a Big 12 road date this will be next year.
The loss of the key BYU receivers will be just enough to tip this to the Baylor side.
Baylor vs BYU Prediction, Line
Baylor 27, BYU 24
Line: BYU -3.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Baylor vs BYU Must See Rating (out of 5): 4