Baylor offense vs. Texas Tech defense

With freshman Charlie Brewer making his first start at quarterback, Baylor put together a strong offensive performance in a 38-9 win over Kansas. Brewer was highly efficient as he hit 23 of 29 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 22 yards. Baylor had difficultly running against the Jayhawks for three quarters, but Terence Williams was effective in the fourth quarter. Texas Tech’s defense has been sliding, allowing 42 points per game during a four-game losing streak.

Edge: Baylor

Baylor defense vs. Texas Tech offense

Texas Tech has a dangerous offense, but it hasn’t been as productive in the last four games by averaging 27.5 points. Quarterback Nic Simonek has passed for 3,068 yards and 26 touchdowns with just seven interceptions while Justin Stockton has rushed for 525 yards and four scores. Baylor’s defense has played well in the last two weeks, especially in the win over the Jayhawks as it allowed a season-low 249 yards. But it will be difficult to stop the Red Raiders even if they aren’t at their best.

Edge: Texas Tech

Key matchup: Baylor running backs vs. Texas Tech defensive line

The Bears have had trouble running the ball all season, and that didn’t change against Kansas as they finished with 120 yards and 3.1 yards per carry. Terence Williams led the Bears with 23 carries for 62 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season. The Red Raiders have allowed 158.3 yards rushing per game, and did a solid job in last week’s 52-45 overtime loss to Kansas State by allowing 145 yards rushing.

Edge: Texas Tech

Special teams

Baylor’s Connor Martin continues to do a solid job as he’s nailed 15 of 18 field goals and is averaging 41.8 yards per punt. Stepping in for injured Tony Nicholson, JaMycal Hasty returned a kickoff 36 yards against the Jayhawks. Texas Tech’s Cameron Batson is averaging 23.1 yards on kick returns and 4.5 yards on punt returns. Four Texas Tech kickers have hit just six of 14 field goals while punter Dominic Panazzolo has averaged 40.9 yards per punt.

Edge: Baylor

Intangibles

This will mark the seventh straight year Baylor and Texas Tech have played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and it’s always a thrill for the players. The Bears are hoping to build off last week’s 38-9 win over Kansas that snapped a 14-game regular season losing streak. After winning four of their first five games, the Red Raiders cracked the Top 25. It’s been all downhill since then as the Red Raiders have dropped four straight games, and they may need to finish strong to save coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job.

Edge: Texas Tech

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