The Baylor Bears have beaten the Oklahoma Sooners, but they must now turn their attention to the other team that was able to beat the Sooners this year: the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
On the surface, this game looks like an easy win for Robert Griffin III and the Bears, who have won three in a row. The Red Raiders have lost four in a row since beating Oklahoma, and they are dealing with more than their fair share of injuries.
However, that makes this a classic trap game for Baylor. The Bears would be wise to take nothing for granted.
For now, let's take a closer look at the matchup.
Where: Cowboys Stadium
When: Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Betting Line: Baylor -12.5, according to Sportsbook.
Having beaten Oklahoma, Baylor will now try to avoid the same fate that the Sooners suffered at the hands of the Red Raiders back in October. The Red Raiders haven't won a single game since beating Oklahoma, but they are not to be underestimated.
Who Might Not Play for Texas Tech
Per the USA Today, the Red Raiders have a number of injured players whom they will be monitoring this week.
Linebacker Zach Winbush is dealing with a broken foot, wide receiver Alex Torres hurt his knee early on in Saturday's game against Missouri, running back DeAndre Washington suffered a knee injury in his first career start and guard Lonnie Edwards also left against the Tigers with a knee injury.
Who Might Not Play for Baylor
Also per the USA Today, the Bears really only have one injury to monitor this week. Safety Chance Casey missed Saturday's game against Oklahoma with an ankle injury, and he also had to sit out against Kansas. He is hoping not to miss a third straight game.
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
The Red Raiders are out of the BCS mix, but the Bears are currently No. 18 in the BCS standings. They're not going to be able to play their way into a BCS bowl game, but they can certainly play their way into one of the more notable non-BCS bowl games.
If Baylor loses to Texas Tech, however, you can expect the Bears to get knocked down the ladder a little bit. The Red Raiders, meanwhile, will become bowl eligible.
What They're Saying
The injuries Texas Tech suffered on Saturday against Missouri has Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal feeling a little worried, and he's not the only one. Some Red Raiders players and coaches are feeling the losses, too.
"It’s a weird thing,” said quarterback Seth Doege. “A lot of guys went down. I hate it for those guys, because it stinks to get hurt this close to the end of the year, when we’re battling for a spot to be bowl eligible. We’re going to need some of those guys.”
If Texas Tech loses and misses out on a bowl game this season, Tommy Tuberville may have to start looking over his shoulder.
Concerning the Baylor side of things, the time is now to start taking Robert Griffin III seriously as an NFL prospect. I'll let Rob Rang of CBSSports.com explain:
Griffin showed [against Oklahoma] that he isn't just an athlete blessed with extraordinary physical skills and an offense catered to his strengths, he's also a thinking man's quarterback. Of course, to be a first-round pick in the NFL, he needs to have those physical skills, as well. Most important, Griffin has a strong right arm capable of making any NFL throw. Some of the most difficult passes asked of pro quarterbacks, in fact, are among Griffin's best.
If you're thinking RG3 is a lot like Cam Newton, you're not alone. RG3's path to the NFL is starting to look a lot like Newton's. The next stop may very well be the Heisman Trophy.
Texas Tech Player to Watch
Keep an eye on Seth Doege. He was brilliant in Texas Tech's upset win over Oklahoma, but has been mediocre in four games since, tossing three touchdown passes and four interceptions.
Coincidentally, the Red Raiders lost all four games.
Baylor Player to Watch
Who else? It's all about RG3. He's a special player, and many will say he's the Heisman frontrunner right now. If you haven't seen him play yet, suffice it to say that you're missing out.
This is a game Baylor should win, but it's not going to be a blowout. The Bears are not a good defensive team, and things are going to be awfully uncomfortable for them if Doege starts picking apart their secondary like he did Oklahoma's secondary.
On the Hot Seat
I hinted at it above, but Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville's seat is starting to get a little warm. I highly doubt he'll lose his job if Texas Tech loses and misses out on bowl eligibility, but I wouldn't rule it out, either.
Prediction: Baylor 38, Texas Tech 28
I have this one going into the books as a win for the Bears, but they won't be covering the spread. Their defense is too weak, and the Red Raiders have too much to play for to simply lie down and get out of Baylor's way.
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