Baylor (7-0, 4-0) at Kansas State (3-4, 0-4)
When: Thursday, November 5th, 2015
Where: Bill Snyder Stadium, Manhattan, KS
Time: 7:30 ET | TV: Fox Sports 1
The Baylor Bears will try and wipe out all the negativity that has surrounded them this week and get ready to play a road game against Kansas State on Thursday night. First they lost All-American quarterback Seth Russell for the rest of the season to a neck injury and then when the College Football Playoff Rankings came out on Tuesday, they found themselves outside the top 4 despite a perfect season to date. They landed at #6 behind one-loss Notre Dame and Alabama. There’s nothing they can do about that except keep winning and everything should fall into place. Freshman Jarrett Stidham will take over at QB for the Bears and coach Art Briles and the rest of the Baylor staff believe they won’t miss a beat with Stidham. The Stephenville, Texas native has put up some impressive numbers in limited duty. He’s 24-of-28 for 331 yards, 6 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He’ll have one of the best receivers in the country at his disposal in Corey Coleman, who has caught 47 passes for 962 yards and 18 touchdowns – tops in the nation. This will be a nice warm-up game for Stidham as the schedule gets brutal after tonight. They play Oklahoma next week followed by back-to-back road games at Oklahoma State and TCU.
Kansas State’s season started out promising before getting ugly in October. They won their first three games against below average opponents, then suffered back-to-back Big 12 heart-breakers to Oklahoma State and TCU by a combined 9 points. They might have given up after that as they have lost the last two to Oklahoma and Texas by a combined 78-9. Quarterback Joe Hubener is just 30-of-78 passing for a total of 378 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions in the last four games – all losses. They don’t have a receiver with over 21 catches or a running back who has rushed for over 300 yards. The Wildcats are ranked 116th in passing and 89th in rushing. Their big problem tonight is going to be stopping the passing attack of Baylor. The Kansas State defense is allowing 269.7 yards passing a game, which ranks 111th in FBS. They still need to win three more games to become bowl eligible. The schedule looks promising after tonight for them to achieve that.
This line is way too low. I’m sure it’s a combination of being on the road and having a freshman quarterback, but this Baylor team will not slow down with Stidham and Kansas State will not be able to slow him down. This one will be over at halftime.
Pick: Baylor -17