The entire college football world seems to be focused in on this weekend’s two marquee matchups, LSU vs. Oregon and Boise State vs. Georgia, but there is another intriguing game to keep an eye on and that’s TCU vs. Baylor.
While tonight’s contest doesn’t have the national title implications that Saturday night’s showdowns have, it’s still a game that could potentially play a major role in shaping the 2011 season.
TCU is a team that’s going into the season with a Top 20 ranking after a marvelous undefeated campaign and victory in the Rose Bowl last year. However, the Horned Frogs lost a lot of talent from last year’s squad and there are a couple key holes to fill, most notably at the quarterback position.
Baylor enters 2011 unranked, but this is a team, led by emerging playmaking QB Robert Griffin III, that appears to be on the upswing and the Bears might just be one of the sleeper teams in the Big 12 this year.
It’s certainly a tough game to predict, and the boys in Vegas only have TCU as a five-point favorite.
Even though Baylor got blasted 45-10 in last year’s meeting, my gut feeling tells me that the Bears could be ready to put up a big showing in front of their home crowd to start off the season.
There should be a a lot of energy in Waco when these two Texas teams clash tonight, and I’ll be blogging throughout the game.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on ESPN.