A future of what’s to come in the Big 12 arrives early this Saturday as Baylor heads to BYU in a battle of the top 25 ranked teams in Week 2 action.
Baylor checks in at No. 9 in the latest AP football rankings, and BYU moved up to No. 21, both after easily winning their season-opening games.
Here’s what you need to know about the big Week 2 matchup.
how to look
When: Saturday, September 10
Time: 10:15 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN network
Stream: fuboTV (Start your free trial)
Odds, point spread, betting lines
Money line: BAY +125 BYU -161
FPI Pick: Baylor 57.6%
Baylor vs. BYU: what to see
Baylor: The defending Big 12 champions add what looks like an elite piece in quarterback Blake Shapen, who had a great passing day against Albany, playing behind an excellent offensive line that returned four starters and helped by a committee of 4 backs who can control the pace. and time of possession, coming off a 259-yard line, showing 7 TDs. He wasn’t asked much of Baylor’s defensive front in Game 1, but he has the power and athleticism to challenge BYU’s protection, which might be the best he’s playing this season.
BYU: Jaren Hall was 25 of 32 for 261 yards and 2 TDs in Game 1, helped by that excellent front line, he played the running game very well, allowing BYU running backs to rush for 312 yards, and could have the overall advantage when helped. by the fans of the local field. The Cougars’ running game display is a good sign after the team lost Tyler Allgeier, who scored 43% of BYU’s TD total a year ago before leaving for the NFL.
BYU vs. Baylor: Fast Facts
+ Baylor’s defense has forced a turnover in 23 straight games
+ BYU is 6-8 against teams ranked under Kalani Sitake
+ Baylor allowed opponents to score 30 or fewer points in each game last season
+ BYU allowed 3 of 12 third-down conversions to USF (25%)
+ Baylor is 124-60-2 as a ranked team and went 5-1 against ranked teams in 2021
+ BYU ranked 12th a year ago with 4 special team returns of 20+ yards and an average of 18.3 yards per return
+ Baylor ranks second nationally with an O-line that has 171 games of experience
+ BYU is 92-51 (.641) as an independent and won 23 of 50 games against Power 5 opponents
+ Baylor is 12-2 under Dave Aranda in games he leads at halftime
+ BYU is 3-3 in home openers with Sitake
+ Baylor is 9-1 behind Aranda when scoring 30 points and 0-5 when scoring fewer than 20
+ Baylor is 13-4 under Aranda when gaining more than 300 yards and 2-5 when gaining less than 300
+ Baylor has 45 aces and 24 turnovers in 24 games with Aranda
Both teams have the ability to control the pace of the game to their liking with the ability to dictate terms at the line of scrimmage offensively.
And both have the power to run the ball behind their respective lines combined with an accurate quarterback duo who can stretch the field with receiving talent who can dig deep with relative ease.
This is a close game, and it should be the best on the Week 2 slate, but a boisterous home court advantage could be the Cougars’ ace.
College Football Venue Prediction: BYU 34, Baylor 31
According to the AP Top 25 Poll
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- notre dame
- oklahoma state
- state of michigan
- State of North Carolina
- old lady
- forest stele
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