Conference play has arrived, and the Kansas Jayhawks welcome in the Baylor Bears to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Will the Jayhawks be able to build on what went right last week and pull an upset? Or will the Baylor defense be able to shut down any positive offensive performance from the Jayhawks?
Take a look at what our staff thinks, and then leave your own prediction in the comments below!
Mike.Plank: This is a game where we don’t really know what to make of the opponent. Kansas, we’re pretty sure, still isn’t very good. Meanwhile, Baylor, as they say, “ain’t played nobody yet.” While Baylor is projected to finish in the bottom third of the Big 12, they’re still light-years ahead of Kansas. Literally everything would have to go right for KU to hang around deep into the fourth quarter. At some point this year that will happen, because it seems to happen about once a year for the Jayhawks. But are you willing to bet on it? I’m not. Baylor 41, Kansas 17.
Fizzle406: I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say Kansas is going to lose. Baylor 37, Kansas 17
dnoll5: Well, I’m going to keep predicting zero for the offense because I said I would. That said, I think Jason Bean is going to be good for Kansas. I mean, at least he tries things, and after this week, I’ll quit predicting zero if he looks competent again. Things might not always come off offensively, but at least there’s a spark. Let’s see if KU’s defense can make this respectable. Baylor 35, Kansas 0.
Kyle_Davis21: This will be an interesting measuring point for Kansas. Baylor is better than KU, but not to the level of Coastal Carolina. We saw some pretty strong improvement from week 1 to week 2 (hard to look a ton worse than in week 1) so can we see similar growth and competence at home against a slightly easier opponent? I’m with Fizzle that KU will probably lose, but I don’t think it’s going to be a blowout. Baylor 38, Kansas 24
Andy Mitts: This game screams backdoor cover to me, with Kansas following a similar gameplan to last week with more success. Baylor does have some deep threats, but nowhere near to the level that Coastal Carolina did. The vast majority of their success comes on the ground, which will help limit how just out of hand this one even COULD get. Jason Bean will continue to impress, and some late drives will keep it close. Baylor 31, Kansas 21.
Brendan: Kyle makes a good point and I agree, Baylor isn’t as good as Coastal is, and I think (rather, hope) that the Jayhawks can take another step forward in this game. Clean up the mistakes a little bit from last week, avoid bad special teams miscues, etc., and I think Kansas at least keeps it competitive. I still don’t feel especially good about the offense, but Jason Bean’s explosiveness is at least piquing my interest. Baylor 31, Kansas 17