• When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
• TV/radio: Fox Sports KC; KCSP (610 AM)
• The series: Baylor leads 7-4
• The line: Baylor by 17
Whats at stake
One team is going to pick up its first conference victory. For Kansas, it would be its first Big 12 win since Nov. 6, 2010, and would avenge a crushing, 31-30 overtime loss to Baylor last year in Lawrence.
The KU defense can post a solid performance on the road. The Jayhawks have been much improved at home, holding Texas to just 21 points last week. But Baylor, which averages 44.1 points per game, presents a bear of a challenge.
Kansas offense cant score more than 20 points against Baylor. The Jayhawks are averaging just 12 points per game in Big 12 games, but Baylor has the worst defense in the league. The Bears are allowing 52.5 points per game in Big 12 play.
Three things about Baylor
1 Baylor quarterback Nick Florence is fifth in the country in passing yards (2,652), while receiver Terrance Williams leads the country with 1,201 receiving yards in just seven games.
2 If KUs 17-game Big 12 losing streak seems bad, consider this: Baylor once lost 29 straight Big 12 games from 1998-2002. The team it beat to snap the streak: KU.
3 Offensive guard Cyril Richardson, perhaps Baylors best lineman, will serve a Big 12-mandated suspension during the first half after being ejected against Iowa State last week.
KUs James Sims versus Baylors rushing defense: Sims, a junior running back, has rushed for at least 100 yards in his last four games. Baylor has the Big 12s second-worst rushing defense, surrendering 194.1 yards per game. It sounds like an ideal chance for KU to control the clock and keep Baylors passing attack off the field.
Rustin Dodds pick: Baylor 30-21
Baylor has the worst defense in the Big 12 and lost 35-21 last week at Iowa State. But this matchup poses two problems for KU: The Jayhawks have lost 16 straight on the road 19 away from Lawrence and Baylors offense scores more than 44 points per game. Can KU possibly find enough points to outscore Baylor?