Primetime College Football: Bears vs Owls
This game goes down on the CBS Sports network and it features the Baylor University Bears taking on the Rice University Owls at Rice Stadium.
Baylor’s head coach Art Briles takes his Bears to Houston 2-1 but just 2-11 on the road under his three year tenure. The Bears are however lead by sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III, 703 yards passing 5 touchdowns 1 INT and 107 yards rushing 3 touchdowns, is the only 1,000-yard rushing quarterback in school’s history. The Bears have scored 9 offensive touchdowns this season and 8 have come from Griffin’s arm or legs. If Griffin running the ball senior running back Jay Finley, 183 yards one touchdown, does the rushing attack where he has averaged 6.5 ypc.
The Bears defense leads the Big 12 in third-down conversions efficiency .227 and ranked 21st in the nation in overall pass defense efficiency at 104.85. Baylor however has allowed an average of 180.3 ypg so far.
Head coach David Bailiff has his Owls at 1-2 on the season and has seen his team struggle to move the ball. Rice has some issues when it comes to personnel as the Owls have already used three different quarterbacks for significant time. The quarterback the Owls have gone to the most is Churchill High School Chargers junior Nick Fanuzzi, 423 yards one touchdown 2 INTs, but has struggled. The rushing attack has yet to see a touchdown out of its main running backs junior Sam McGuffie, 126 yards, and sophomore Tyler Smith, 95 yards, but McGuffie is tied in team catches with 12.
On the defense side of the ball for the Owls they are surrendering 413 ypg which is almost 100 yards more than Rice’s offense. The rushing defense for the Owls has been it’s weakest point however the pass defense is just allowing 155 ypg.
This is the 78th time these two schools have met with Baylor holding the advantage, 45-30-2. The Bears won the last meeting 42-17 in Houston back in 2007.
PICK: Baylor University Bears