Texas Tech Game Preview Part 2

Texas Tech Game Preview Part 2

Two of the highest powered passing attacks face on in Dallas this week. How do they match up against the defenses, and who has the edge? Find out, inside BearsIllustrated.com

Last year, the Baylor Bears defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the first time in the Big 12 era, a 66-42 shellacking highlighted by backup quarterback Nick Florence coming off of the bench to relieve a concussed Robert Griffin III and lead Baylor to a big win. Can the Bears get two in a row against a Texas Tech team that started off the year 6-1, but have lost 3 of their last four games, with their only win over Kansas?

Baylor Offense versus Texas Tech Defense:

Scoring

Passing

Yards / Pass

Rushing

Yards / Rush

Total Yards

Yards / Play

Yards / Point

Points / Play

Baylor O

43.1

359.4

9.4

208.6

5

568

6.9

13.2

0.526

Rank

4

2

3

22

22

2

2

32

12

Texas Tech D

32.4

188

6.5

176.9

4.6

364.9

5.3

11.3

0.474

Rank

88

16

28

77

77

32

42

121

104

The Baylor offense has been on fire the past few weeks, mainly due to a revitalized rushing attack led by Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin. The Bears are averaging 297.7 yards on the ground over their past 3 games, good for 7th in the country. They will need that rushing attack against one of the better pass defenses in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have had a lot of problems the past few weeks, but their pass defense has not been the reason.

Tech is allowing just 188 passing yards per game, 174.7 over their past 3 games. They also allow only 6.5 yards per attempt. The main area that they have struggled with during their losing streak has been with big plays. They are allowing 9.4 yards per pass over the past three games. Against Oklahoma State, they allowed passing touchdowns of 60, 33, and 66 yards.

The other main culprit for their defensive let down has been in the running game. They are allowing 269.7 yards per game on the ground over the past 3 weeks, with Kansas rushing for an astonishing 390 yards in Tech's only win in 4 games. They have allowed 5.9 yards per rush, tied for 11th worst in the country over the past 3 games. This is a struggling Tech defense that has not been able to stop any rushing attack presented to them.

Baylor Defense versus Texas Tech Offense

Scoring

Passing

Yards / Pass

Rushing

Yards / Rush

Total Yards

Yards / Play

Yards / Point

Points / Play

Baylor D

39.65

321.2

7.5

193.1

4.7

514.3

6.1

13

0.466

Rank

116

121

69

92

84

121

94

94

101

Texas Tech O

36.4

366.3

8

128.7

4.3

495

6.4

13.6

0.471

Rank

23

1

24

94

63

11

13

40

27

While the Bears defense showed up big last week, the statistics still don't look very pretty. Honestly, who really knows which Baylor defense will show up? Will it be the one we saw in the Kansas State game, or the one we saw just a few weeks ago in the first half against Oklahoma? The Bears defense has been better over the past few weeks, though it hasn't been great outside of the KSU game. They are starting to do a much better job of stopping the run, but that is something that Texas Tech does not do well at all.

The Red Raiders don't run very well, and they don't run very often. They only have averaged 91.3 yards per game rushing the ball over their past 3 contests, and they don't get very many big gains from it either. A 3.3 yards per rush in their last three games is one of the worst in the nation.

This is a Red Raider offense that lives and dies by the pass again, but luckily for them, they do it quite well. They have the most passing yards per game in the country, and have seen that average rise the past few weeks. They don't break a ton of huge plays in the passing game (only 25 for over 25 yards on the season, compared to 36 for Baylor), but they complete a ton of passes and get them for good yardage, at 8 yards per pass attempt.

Summary –

It is tough to really gauge this matchup, because these are truly two teams headed in opposite directions. If you would have asked me to look at these stats just 4 weeks ago, it would have been ugly for the Bears. However, the Baylor squad has come together and really started to play well the past few weeks, while Tech has fallen apart a bit. Their once strong defense is starting to be run through left and right, and their passing attack can only do so much to keep them in games.

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