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Baylor vs. Rice: Preview and Prediction

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Baylor

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 game in our Baylor vs. Rice preview and prediction. 

Game Info

6:00 p.m. Central Time, Saturday September 21st, 2019, Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas. 

TV: CBS Sports Network

Texas Radio: Baylor IMG Sports Network/ESPN Central Texas

Spread: Baylor (-26.5)

Fun Fact: These two teams have played just five times since 1995 and the last time Rice beat Baylor in football was all the way back in 1992. 

 

Key Players

Rice

QB Tom Stewart

Since starting quarterback Wiley Green went down, Tom Stewart has been the starter for the Owls. To simply put it, it hasn’t been pretty with him under center. Last week against Texas, he had a quarterback rating of 12.6 and didn’t find the endzone until the fourth quarter in garbage time. 

DE Anthony Ekpe

Heading into the season, he was Rice’s best pass rusher. Although he led the team in sacks last season (6), he wouldn’t be considered as a great edge player. In fact, through their first three games, Rice has just one sack overall as a team. Against a team like Baylor, Rice will need all the pressure they can get on Charlie Brewer. 

Baylor

The Running Backs

Between JaMycal Hasty, Trestan Ebner and John Lovett, these guys should have a field day against this bad Rice run defense. The offensive line will make holes big enough to drive trucks through, so I fully expect these running backs to be in for a big game. 

LB Clay Johnston 

Clay is the leader of this defense and with Rice wanting to run the ball, Clay will be everywhere in this game. I wouldn’t be surprised if he finished with ten plus tackles in this one. 

 

Key Storylines 

Rice

Offensively, they need to control the clock if they can and take calculated shots. If I am the OC, I have a backup quarterback and am facing a much superior opponent, I will play keep away and take my risks when necessary. Do whatever you can to stay in this game late. Defensively, stop the run at all costs.  

Baylor

Just run your offense like normal. Rice has one of the worst rushing defenses in the country and I think the Baylor will be able to exploit that easily. Hopefully you can keep things vanilla on offense and most importantly, KEEP EVERYONE HEALTHY. Defensively, stack up that box and make their backup quarterback throw the football. 

Prediction 

Baylor: 45 Rice: 10

There really isn’t much to say here. Rice is down their starting quarterback, so I don’t think Rice has any sort of real chance here. Baylor is too big, too fast and too strong for this team and the scoreboard will show it. The only question you should be asking is if Baylor will cover the spread or not. Also, stay safe out there if you are heading to Houston due to the weather. 

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