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Texas vs. Baylor: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Sep 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bulls during the first half at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2013

Big 12 rivals Texas and Baylor will take to the field one final time to end the regular season on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Both teams have an outside shot at being invited to a BCS bowl game with a win, and the winner would end the season as the Big 12 champ if Oklahoma State loses to Oklahoma.

Baylor had put together a perfect season through nine games and appeared to be a lock to win the conference. But the Cowboys dismantled the Bears on Nov. 23 to move ahead in the standings and set themselves up for a Fiesta Bowl bid.

Texas appeared to be a lost cause through the first three games of the season, opening with a record of 1-2. But rather than wither and die under heavy scrutiny, head coach Mack Brown has gotten his team to respond with wins in seven out of eight games coming into Saturday's contest.

The Big 12 doesn't feature a championship game, but the title is on the line nonetheless. Here's a look at when and where you can catch the action, along with injury reports for both teams, an examination of the game's biggest key to victory and a final verdict.

 

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, Texas

Watch: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 72 points
  • Spread: Baylor (-15)

 

Texas Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Daje Johnson RBProb Sat - Suspension - 12/2/13
Chet Moss FBQues Sat - Suspension - 12/1/13
Tevin Jackson LBQues Sat - Knee - 12/1/13
Sheroid Evans CBQues Sat - Undisclosed - 12/1/13
Josh Cochran TQues Sat - Shoulder - 12/1/13
Johnathan Gray RBOut for season - Achilles - 11/10/13
Chris Whaley DTOut for season - Knee - 11/10/13
David Ash QBOut for season - Head - 11/26/13
Bryant Jackson WROut indefinitely - Ankle - 11/26/13
USA Today

 

Baylor Injury Report (via USA Today) 

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Ahmad Dixon SQues Sat - Suspension - 12/3/13
Bryce Hager LBQues Sat - Groin - 12/1/13
Tevin Reese WRQues Sat - Shoulder - 12/1/13
Spencer Drango OLOut for season - Back - 11/20/13
USA Today

 

Which Case McCoy Will Show Up?

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Case McCoy #6 of the Texas Longhorns looks for an open receiver in the first quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Texas has a shot to win this game if the "good" Case McCoy shows up to play, but the senior quarterback has been far from consistent this season.

Three times in his last five games, McCoy has thrown at least two interceptions (TCU, Kansas, Oklahoma State). During these contests, he's thrown just one touchdown and seven interceptions.

However, McCoy has been brilliant in the other two games during this stretch against West Virginia and Texas Tech, throwing five touchdowns and just one interception.

Baylor's defense is exploitable, allowing 19 passing touchdowns this year.

Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears linebacker Eddie Lackey (5) and linebacker Bryce Hager (44) sack Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Sam B. Richardson (12) during the second half at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandator
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Bears also force turnovers with regularity, ranking No. 24 in the nation with 15 interceptions. Baylor is also adept at pressuring opposing quarterbacks (31 sacks), which greatly assists the secondary.

McCoy will need to be razor sharp on Saturday if Texas has any chance of winning. He must make quick decisions under pressure and let the game come to him. If he starts to get happy feet in the pocket, then the Bears will capitalize with turnovers.

 

Prediction

Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears mascot Bruiser performs on the sidelines during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Baylor beat Texas Tech 63-34. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor has only been slowed down once in 2013. The Oklahoma State Cowboys shut down the team's running game and forced three turnovers, holding the Bears to just 17 points.

Texas doesn't have the defensive personnel to similarly shut down Baylor's offense, which averages 55.4 points per game in 2013 to lead the nation. 

On the other side, the Longhorns don't have the offensive firepower to keep up with the Bears in a shootout. Texas could make it interesting if running backs Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron put on a running clinic, but Baylor's No. 26-ranked run defense isn't likely to give up many big plays.

This one isn't going to be close. 

Bryce Petty will have a huge game at home as he leads the Bears to a blowout victory.

 

Final Score 

Baylor wins 49-21.

 

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