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Baylor Bears vs. Texas Christian Horned Frogs Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


Baylor is the lone undefeated team left in the Big 12 after surviving a scare from West Virginia but is looking at a rough finishing stretch that includes a visit from Oklahoma on Nov. 16 and a date with Texas the following weekend. Another big test is Saturday, when the 10th-ranked Bears visit a TCU team looking for a signature win.

Baylor was ranked 12th in the initial College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday, behind a pair of two-loss SEC teams and one-loss Oklahoma, and coach Matt Rhule is trying to keep his players away from any talk about the playoffs. "It is all unchartered territory for our team, so I keep going out and saying my way is to not pay attention to any of that," Rhule told reporters. "It is to just focus on this week and us. Some other people have a different way. You are young, it's exciting and people are talking about you. Which way is working better? How about we do it my way and how about we make my way our way. And we have a lot of older guys who are doing that." The Horned Frogs are the last team to beat the Bears - a 16-9 triumph at Baylor on Nov. 17, 2018 - and remain capable of beating a team like Texas at home but losing at Oklahoma State. "We're just good enough we can beat anybody we got in this league, and we're just good enough we can get beat by anybody in this league," TCU coach Gary Patterson told reporters after the 34-27 loss to the Cowboys last week. "You can't make the mistakes we made on defense. Probably gave them 200 yards, 300 yards on guys just not doing their jobs."

TV: Noon ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Baylor -2.5

ABOUT BAYLOR (8-0, 5-0 Big 12): The Bears are averaging 36.1 points but showed they can win with their defense after holding West Virginia to 219 yards - 64 in the first half - in last week's 17-14 triumph. "They are a tough, resilient group," Rhule told reporters of his team. "We are still learning that it's OK just to play defense and not worry. If the offense is not clicking, it doesn't matter, keep playing defense. Had a fourth quarter shutout, which is important to us." Baylor's offense was less impressive against the Mountaineers, but quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for a pair of TDs and is up to 14 touchdowns and three interceptions on the season, with each of the three picks coming in an overtime victory over Texas Tech on Oct. 12.

ABOUT TCU (4-4, 2-3): The Horned Frogs go into the weekend with some uncertainty at quarterback after starter Max Duggan was knocked out in the fourth quarter of last week's loss with a finger injury and backup Mike Collins (abdomen) was injured on the final play of the game. "I think Max will play," Patterson told reporters. "You guys should quit listening to Twitter so you see how that all goes. We won't know until Saturday. We'll find out more (Tuesday) because he hasn't practiced, so we'll see how all that goes." Duggan threw three of his four interceptions last week but is a big part of the ground game as well and led the team in rushing in each of the last three contests.

EXTRA POINTS

1. TCU QB Alex Delton is leaving the program after arriving as a fifth-year graduate transfer this season.

2. Baylor special teams recorded nine blocked kicks in the last 13 games.

3. The Horned Frogs own a four-game winning streak in the series.

Prediction

Free Daily Lock Pick: NCAAF: Bowling Green vs. Miami OH - November 13th - (100% Confidence Release)

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Stadium

Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 45,000

Last Injuries

Texas Christian Horned Frogs

  • Al'Dontre Davis

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Davis missed the last game due to an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will face Texas Tech on Saturday.

  • TreVontae Hights

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hights missed the last game with a leg injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face Texas Tech on Saturday.

  • Keenan Reed

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Reed has an undefined injury, and it is uncertain if he will draw back into the lineup against Texas Tech on Saturday.

  • La'Kendrick Van Zandt

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Van Zandt is battling an injury to an unannounced area. His status for Saturday's contest with Texas Tech is up in the air.

  • Mike Collins

    Abdominal
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Collins has sat out the previous two games, and it is unknown if he will play against Texas Tech on Saturday.

  • Max Duggan

    Finger
    Prob Sat | probable

    Duggan is bothered by an injured middle finger, but it is likely that he will take the field against Baylor on Saturday.

  • Jalen Reagor

    Back
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Reagor left the previous game with an injured back, and his status is unknown Saturday against Baylor.

  • Keenan Reed

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Reed is dealing with an undefined injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Saturday versus Baylor.

Baylor Bears

  • Connor Galvin

    Lower Body
    Late Nov | out

    Galvin is likely to be out of commission until at least the end of November with a lower-body injury.

  • Denzel Mims

    Upper Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Mims left the last game due to an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against TCU.

baylor-bears-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Charlie Brewer 3 0 178.324 0 74 53 0 0 0 7 665
Gerry Bohanon 2 0 137.262 0 13 9 0 0 0 1 66
Jared Atkinson 2 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
John Lovett 3 0 186 0 22 1
Gerry Bohanon 2 0 177 0 13 1
Trestan Ebner 3 0 118 0 13 2
JaMycal Hasty 3 0 82 0 24 1
Qualan Jones 2 0 68 0 5 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Denzel Mims 3 0 249 0 18 0 3
R.J. Sneed 3 0 121 0 11 0 2
Chris Platt 3 0 106 0 7 0 1
Tyquan Thornton 3 0 95 0 5 0 1
Trestan Ebner 3 0 45 0 6 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Clay Johnston 3 0 12 12 0 0 0 0 2 2 8 4
Bravvion Roy 3 0 9 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Miller 3 0 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jordan Williams 3 0 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Grayland Arnold 3 0 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
John Mayers 3 0 0 1 0 16 16
Noah Rauschenberg 2 0 0 0 0 4 4
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
John Lovett 3 0 3 0 26 65
Josh Fleeks 3 0 3 0 25 55
JaMycal Hasty 3 0 1 0 11 11
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
John Lovett 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Charlie Brewer 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Abram Smith 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Charlie Brewer 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Chris Platt 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Denzel Mims 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Gerry Bohanon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Grayland Arnold 3 0 5 0 73 100
R.J. Sneed 3 0 1 0 1 1