The season marches on, and due to a last minute save by our guest this morning, so do the Q&As. This week I had the pleasure of talking with Prashanth Francis, Editor over at Our Daily Bears, about the upcoming
massacre game taking place in Waco this weekend.
RCT: I know expectations for Baylor were high coming into the season, but everyone seems to be talking about West Virginia, Kansas State and TCU now. Has the emergence of these teams caused you to revise your expectations for the season? If Baylor doesn't win the conference, who do you think takes it?
PF: Before the season started, there seemed to be a general consensus among the analysts and statistical projections that the Big 12 would be a two horse race between Baylor and OU. I think the general expectation among Baylor fans was that Baylor would win their non-OU games and had a fighting chance (or better) at OU. Even then, many Baylor fans were worried about the trip to Morgantown, where WVU plays demonstrably better. While much of the early season confirmed it, even then there were signs that the conference would feature a number of good teams.
RCT: In case you hadn't heard, the Royals made the World Series this year, and this fact has kept a lot of our readership from paying attention to what has happened elsewhere in the conference. Who are the biggest playmakers on either side of the ball for your team?
RCT: The upset by West Virginia was obviously big news around the nation. What would you say was the biggest cause of the meltdown? Are there any strategies the Jayhawks can take away to give us a chance to keep it close this week?
Even in light of this, I doubt you will find many Baylor fans who will say that the 'Eers didn't deserve to win that game. Despite getting some pressure on Trickett, they were unable to hold their All Everything WR Kevin White and the passing attack at bay. More surprisingly, the 'Eers actually had some success running the ball, where Baylor had previously been pretty strong (18th in yards allowed per game, 34th in S&P+).
RCT: Both teams are coming off a bye. After such a stunning loss, do you think the bye was helpful, or would you rather have played immediately the next week?
RCT: Finally, just how bad do you see the inevitable blowout being? I'm on record as saying Baylor wins 91-3, so feel free to go crazy here.
PF: I'm looking forward to this game to see how the aforementioned reworked OL performs. If it's up to par, then I expect Baylor will be able to rush effectively as the game goes on and for Petty to have enough time to connect on a enough big plays to put the game away. I actually picked Kansas to cover the 36 point spread because that's an insane number of points for a conference game. Also, because even though I think Baylor will get out to a 36 point lead at some point, there will likely be garbage time points involved.