The Baylor Bears have bottomed out after a hot start, but they are set to rebound this weekend against a mediocre Missouri Tigers team.
Robert Griffin III had Baylor in the top 25 following a stunning victory over the TCU in the team's season opener, but they have dropped three of their last four games.
At 4-4, Missouri has been up and down this season and have yet to pull off consecutive victories. They have a chance to do that this week on the road when they travel to Texas for this matchup.
Where: Floyd Casey Stadium
When: Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. EDT
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Listen: Tiger Radio Network (KCMQ 96.7, KTGR 1580), Bears Radio Network (KZNX 1530, KESN 103.3)
Betting Line: Baylor (-2.5)
Baylor has really struggled as of late, but all three of their losses have come on the road against ranked opponents.
Will Baylor cover the spread?
They are finally back home this week against the Tigers, in a game that should go in the Bears' favor. Missouri is 1-3 on the road this year, while the Bears are undefeated at home.
The Tigers have given up over 2,000 passing yards already, and will be exploited by Robert Griffin III. With Baylor only needing to win by three to cover the spread, they are an easy bet in this one.
The Bears are going to need to do a better job of slowing the run in this one, but their fans and home-field advantage should be enough to carry them to victory.
Key Storyline: Will Baylor bounce back?
After a stretch of rough times, the Bears need to bounce back if they have hopes of even making a bowl game. They have one of the best offenses in the country, but their defense has let them down quite often.
If the offense can continue to perform well, and the defense has a solid game, Baylor will win big.
Baylor Injury Report
|Tyler Stephenson||CB||Ankle||Ques Sat - 11/1/11||Stephenson has not played since suffering an ankle injury during the season opener against TCU. He remains questionable for Saturday's game against Missouri.|
|Demetri Goodson||DB||Ankle||Early Nov - 10/11/11||Goodson is expected to miss 3-4 weeks due to an ankle injury.|
|Marcus Santa Cruz||LS||Foot||Out indefinitely - 9/20/11||Santa Cruz is suffering from an ankle injury and will miss an indefinite amount of time.|
|Lache Seastrunk||RB||Eligibility||out for season - 10/4/11||Seastrunk was denied a waiver granting him eligibility after transferring from Oregon. He will miss the entire season.|
|Tuswani Copeland||CB||Knee||Out indefinitely - 10/29/11||
Copeland will miss an indefinite amount of time due to a knee injury.
Missouri Injury Report
|Jerrell Jackson||WR||Undisclosed||Ques Sat - 11/1/11||Jackson is dealing with an undisclosed injury and remains questionable for Saturday's game against Baylor.|
|Grant Ressel||PK||Hip||Doub Sat - 11/1/11||Ressel did not play in Week 9 against Texas A&M due to a hip injury and is also expected to miss Saturday's game against Baylor.|
|Anthony Gatti||OL||Knee||out for season - 10/26/11||Gatti suffered a torn ACL in his knee and also damaged an MCL during practice on October 19th and will undergo surgery to repair the injury. He will miss the remainder of the season as a result.|
|Will Ebner||LB||Ankle||out for season - 10/26/11||Ebner will miss the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury.|
|Brandon Durant||LB||Knee||out for season - 8/28/11||Durant will miss the entire 2011-12 season while he recovers from a knee injury.|
|Elvis Fisher||OL||Knee||out for season - 8/28/11||Fisher will miss the entire 2011-12 season due to a knee injury.|
|Marcus Murphy||RB||Shoulder||Out indefinitely - 8/28/11||Murphy will be out indefinitely while he recovers from a shoulder injur|
Injury reports courtesy of USA Today.
BCS/Top-25 Poll Implications
Neither of these teams are going to crack the top 25 with a victory this week. Both teams could potentially crack the top 25 this year if they were to win out, but that would be the only way.
Any chance of a BCS bid would be out of the question for both of these teams, as neither team has impressed during conference play.
Player to Watch for Baylor: Robert Griffin III
Will RGIII be a top 5 pick?
The Baylor QB is a potential top-five pick in next April's NFL draft. He has been explosive this year at Baylor, and has really proven he has what it takes to be a NFL QB.
The Bears have no chance of being successful if RGIII doesn't step up, which makes him without a doubt the key player for Baylor in this game.
Player to Watch for Missouri: Henry Josey
The Tigers boast one of the best backfields in college football, in large part because of Josey. He has topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark already this season on just 119 carries.
He is explosive enough to take the ball to the house at anytime. He is also versatile enough to catch the ball out of the backfield and make a play.
If the Tigers are going to have any shot at a victory, Josey will need a big game.
The Missouri pass defense is going to have a rough time slowing down RGIII in this game. If they allow dominate, the Tigers will be in line for a long day.
Griffin is capable of putting up huge numbers both through the air and on the ground. He is one of the premier dual threat QBs in football, and could annihilate the Tigers defense in this game if they aren't careful.