Baylor QB Bryce Petty needs some outside help to lead the Bears to the College Football Playoffs, but has to beat Kansas State for any of it to matter.
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The #9 Kansas State Wildcats take on the #6 Baylor Bears with a share of the Big XII conference title at stake in Week 15 of College Football.
Baylor is ranked #6 in the College Football Playoff polls, just outside the qualifying range, so it not only needs outside help from one of the top 5 teams’ opponents but also needs to thoroughly dominate Kansas State in order to get in. Kansas State is extremely unlikely to get in at all without a win and losses by virtually all of the remaining top eight teams. The odds of that are minuscule so the Wildcats may have to settle for a share of the Big XII conference title with a win and a TCU loss.
Kansas State’s offense has scored 40 points or more five times this season with three wins over Big XII opponents. The Wildcats have never played down to an opponent, with their only two losses coming against Auburn and TCU. Meanwhile, QB Jake Waters has played extremely efficient football with only 5 INTs on the season compared to 18 TDs passing and 8 more TDs on the ground. RB Charles Jones is the stellar goal-line runner for the Wildcats with 12 TDs on the season. Kansas State’s offense is certainly not to be taken lightly.
Baylor QB Bryce Petty was medically cleared to play after suffering a concussion against the Texas Tech Red Raiders and will lead one of the most dominating offenses in the nation with the help of RB Shock Linwood (1,100+ rushing yards, 15 TDs), WR Corey Coleman (11 total TDs), and deep threat K.D. Cannon (17.0 yards/catch). With a win Baylor will clinch a share of the Big XII conference title and will be in a prime position to move into the College Football Playoffs if any of the top five teams fall.
Prediction: Baylor – With home field advantage working in their favor, Baylor and especially QB Bryce Petty will go to work and look to empty the entire offensive playbook for a chance to get into the College Football Playoffs. And with their history, it will likely work out very well.