The Baylor Bears (1-0) are coming off a week of rest to host the Sam Houston State Bearkats (1-0) in what appears to be an extremely lopsided game.
Baylor is working on fighting its way into the Top 25 polls and dreaming of a BCS bowl berth, while Sam Houston is an FCS program that has a lot of prestige in its division and is looking for a bigger challenge.
Keep reading to find out where to watch this contest, who to keep an eye on and a prediction for the final score.
Where: Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, Texas
When: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:05 p.m. ET
Watch: Fox College Sports
Live Stream: BaylorBears.com
Listen: ESPN Central Texas, BaylorBears.com
Betting Line: Not yet available.
Key Storyline: Don’t sleep on Sam Houston.
The Bears might have had a week off to prepare for this matchup and should be absolutely dominant, but SHSU could surprise.
As an FCS school, no one is giving the Bearkats a chance in this one, but they have the offensive prowess to hang with anyone.
If Baylor has any defensive lapses, this game will be closer than you think.
Who Might Not Play for Baylor (via CollegeInjuryReport.com)
DT Kaeron Johnson—Back—OUT
DE Shawn Oakman—Eligibility—OUT
Who Might Not Play for Sam Houston
No major injuries to report.
BCS/Top 25 Implications
Baylor is on the cusp of getting into both the AP and USA Today polls. The team can be found in the “others receiving votes" section and needs to continue winning to earn a coveted spot in the rankings.
Losing to SHSU would likely put the Bears way down the rankings, and it would be near impossible for the team to climb its way back up.
What They’re Saying
Paul Ridings of KBTX.com did a write-up of the Sam Houston vs. Baylor contest and found that the Bearkats are one of the better FCS schools in the nation:
With 50 lettermen including 19 starters returning for the 2012 season, Sam Houston has been picked as the favorite to repeat as Southland Conference champions. The Bearkats are ranked No. 1 in the Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) preseason national poll.
Baylor Player to Watch: Nick Florence
Florence has the tall task of filling Robert Griffin III’s shoes, and the microscope will continue to focus on the senior quarterback, even after a solid opening-week performance.
Against the SMU Mustangs, Florence completed 21 of his 30 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns on the way to a 59-24 victory.
He’ll be expected to lock in with his receivers once again and dominate this outmatched SHSU squad.
Sam Houston Player to Watch: Tim Flanders
The Bearkats running back is one of the best playmakers on the team. He ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries to open the season against Incarnate Word.
He’s going to have to prove he’s a legit back that can hang with the big boys on Saturday if SHSU wants to keep this one close.
Which team will win?
Prediction: Baylor 42, Sam Houston 10
The Bears aren’t going to let SHSU shock them.
Expect a thorough offensive and defensive performance from Art Briles' boys against this FCS opponent.
They cannot be too careful and won’t take their foot off the gas until the game is well in hand.