The Baylor Bears are set to take on the BYU Cougars on Saturday night in Provo, and the ninth-ranked team in the country actually enters the contest as a three point underdog.
However, recent reports have suggested that things might be a bit more in the Bears’ favor than the line suggests.
According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, BYU will be without its top two wide receivers on Saturday night as both Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney are expected to miss the game against Baylor for injury reasons.
“Junior Puka Nacua and senior Gunner Romney are expected to miss the game,” Thamel writes. “BYU coach Kalani Sitake had said earlier in the week that they would be game-time decisions. Romney and Nacua accounted for 60% of BYU’s returning receiving yards, according to ESPN Stats & Info data.
“Nacua, who is considered a dynamic NFL prospect, sprained his right ankle and wore a boot during BYU’s blowout win at South Florida last week. Romney, who is also on NFL radars, missed that game with an undisclosed injury, which will also keep from playing Saturday.“
This is obviously a huge development in a game that is expected to come down to the wire. Unfortunately for BYU, this could be a difference-maker in the end and just enough to give Baylor the edge in the contest.