Line: Baylor -6.5
Why Bears Should Win
The Big 12's Baylor Bears, led by head coach Art Briles and sophomore sensation QB Robert Griffin III, are off to the school's best start since the conference was first established in the late 90s.
In addition, Baylor is averaging 301.4 passing yards per games—good enough for a No. 13 national ranking in that category. Baylor, 5-2 overall with a 2-1 conference record, aims to pick up win No. 6—and essentially a bowl-berth—when hosting Kansas State on Homecoming Saturday in Waco.
The Bears are also fresh off a gut-wrenching 31-25 victory on the road at Colorado and will be happy to return home to the comfy confines of Floyd Casey Stadium. With the crowd on Baylor's side, along with a team that appears stronger than anything Waco has ever seen, the Bears should be able to at least cover the spread—if not win by more.
As long as the Bears secondary remains grounded and the team doesn't allow any stupid penalties or costly turnovers, Baylor should easily capture it's third Big 12 win of the season on Saturday.
Why Wildcats Should Win
There are probably plenty of reasons as to why and how the No. 22 Kansas State Wildcats could beat the Baylor Bears on the road this weekend. But the simplicity of it is, it won't happen. Kansas State, 5-1 overall with a 2-1 mark in conference play, is coming off a 59-7 drubbing of Kansas on the road—proving the No. 22 team in the nation can handle it's business away from home.
However, I don't foresee that happening in Week 8 at Floyd Casey Stadium. The one way the Wildcats COULD pull off a weekend win would be if Kansas State's defense becomes superb overnight and learns to limit RGIII from destroying opponents at will.
And if it's not RGIII, the Bears running game has been solid in 2010 as well...
Baylor wins this one by 10, cementing a bowl berth and the resurrection of the Bears football program.