Texas Tech’s (7-4, 4-4) losing streak moved to four games after yesterday’s 63-34 loss to Baylor (9-0, 6-0) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Red Raiders (now 1-10 in November for the last three years) had no answer for the Bears offense after a promising 20-7 lead in the first quarter quickly turned into a blowout.
Let’s take a look back at our Bold Predictions:
Fortune favors the bold…predictions. So here’s mine:
The two offenses will combine for more than 110 points. Why? Well…I feel like that’s self-explanatory.
We will see at least three Baylor fans on the tv/jumbotron crying/cussing. (Isn’t having a dirty mouth a cardinal sin at Baylor?)
There will be five total turnovers in this game.There will be at least two “#PrayersForTech” posters on Baylor’s side thanks to #BaylorHateWeek.
And my boldest prediction:
Final score: 63-56 Tech. (NO DEFENSE DURING THIS GAME!)
Both offenses combined for 97 points in this one. At the half, it looked like we might be headed for 100+ in terms of points and plays run by Tech, but the Red Raiders simply couldn’t sustain their success from the first half. Tech and Baylor combined to turn the ball over four times (three for Tech), though Mayfield might have had five turnovers all by himself if the Bears had recovered all his fumbles. Give Shelby credit, she hasn’t picked against Tech all year.
Three weeks in a row the Texas Tech defense has given up at least 270 yards rushing. Go ahead and make that four. Lache Seastrunk and company have been rushing to the tune of 290 yards a game. If that’s not enough to worry about, Baylor also averages throwing for 390 yards a game. That’s a lot to worry about for a defense that is banged up and limping to the finish line.
The smallest margin of a Baylor victory this year has been 10 points. Baylor has also won games by 66, 64, and 63 points this season. Texas Tech will find a way to make it even closer for the Bears this week. It’s been strangely quiet on the South Plains this week and that means something is brewing for the Baylor game. Mark it down. Texas Tech will be within 10 points of Baylor this weekend.
Who is going to shine offensively and defensively? Look for Jakeem Grant to have a huge day offensively as the Red Raiders will need his speed and shiftiness more than ever. Defensively, Will Smith needs to have a huge day if the Red Raiders want any chance to win.
Final score: I love my Red Raiders, and I’ve picked them all season. But Baylor is looking more and more like a run away train right now.
Baylor 56 Texas Tech 49.
Tech’s rush defense reached a new level of awful yesterday, giving up 340 yards on the ground despite Baylor missing their first and second-string backs. Jakeem Grant finished his day as Tech’s second leading receiver with six catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Will Smith was the guy, recording 16 total tackles.
Eric Ward has really put it together in the last few weeks. Nearing the end of his college career, #18 recorded 28 receptions for 299 yards and four touchdowns in the last three losses. I expect him to continue producing this week with another 100+ yard performance highlighted by three receiving touchdowns.
Final score: I honestly think the Red Raiders put forth a valiant effort in this one. Three weeks of losing has to taste bad, and I think these seniors (especially Eric Ward) want one more shot at Baylor. Tech starts fast with an early lead, but turnovers and a big plays given up on defense are just too much to overcome down the stretch.
I may have expected too much from Ward, but boy did he deliver when he got chances. Seven catches (most of them one-handed with Baylor defenders bear hugging him), 82 yards and one Ward-like touchdown.
I hate being right, but the game went pretty much exactly how I expected. Tech started like gangbusters, hanging 20 points on the No. 5 Baylor Bears in the first quarter before slowly regressing to the performance typical of a Red Raider football team playing in November.
Here’s how we stand with two more games (including the bowl) left to pick: