Campus Corner

Can anyone stop Baylor? K-State will give it a shot

Updated: 2013-10-09T21:43:35Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

You’ve got to hand it to Wofford. The FCS team from Spartanburg, S.C. is the only team that has held Baylor’s offensive juggernaut under 70 points this season.

The Bears managed just 69 points in a blowout win over Wofford. They have since gone for 70, 70 and 73. They are averaging almost 71 points a game. They are averaging nearly 50 points in the first half. Bryce Petty, Lache Seastrunk and Tevin Reese have their offense rolling.

Can anyone stop them? Kansas State will try on Saturday.

Here is a look at that and everything else you need to know about the week ahead:

The Game
K-State returns to the 2:30 p.m. time slot on Saturday against Baylor (the game will be televised on Fox). It will be an intriguing game for both teams. K-State is off to its worst start since 2004, but hasn’t lost a game by more than 10 points. A home win over Baylor could gets its season back on track. The Bears are up to No. 15 in the national polls. They are getting all kinds of headlines because of their offense. They have looked unstoppable. But all four of their wins have come against overmatched opponents at home. Baylor has a poor recent history in road games. It has lost eight of its last nine, with the only win coming at Kansas in overtime. It has also never won at K-State. It still has something to prove.

The Opponent
Baylor has gone into the third quarter of its four games knowing victory was assured. That’s how lopsided its wins have been. The Bears have been strong on offense and defense. They have also been on a roll since beating K-State last season. They were 4-5 heading into that game, but came away with a 52-24 victory. They haven’t lost since.

Baylor is suddenly a trendy pick as the Big 12′s best team. I still think Oklahoma is the more complete team, but it’s hard to ignore this stat: Baylor has 39 touchdowns and seven punts this season.

K-State coach Bill Snyder said Monday that holding Baylor under 100 points could be a challenge. This might be the best offense Snyder has ever faced.

Depth Chart Update
No change, but that doesn’t mean the starting lineup will look the same way it usually does.

Snyder said top receivers Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett remain questionable for Saturday’s game. If they can’t play, that means K-State will once again rely on Kyle Klein and Torell Miller to make big plays on the outside. That could make the challenge of outscoring Baylor even more difficult than usual.

We also don’t know who will start at quarterback. Snyder said Daniel Sams and Jake Waters will continue to compete for playing time this week.

Revenge on their minds
This is a rare game where both teams want to avenge previous losses.

K-State players still refer to a loss at Baylor last season as the most painful they have endured. The defeat knocked them out of the national championship hunt.

I asked Baylor receiver Tevin Reese about that game today, and he deflected the question to the Baylor/K-State game from 2011. The Wildcats won that game 36-35, with Arthur Brown running down Robert Griffin III to clinch a victory that vaulted K-State into the national rankings. He said it’s time for payback.

“That game will always stick with me,” Reese said.

Links
– Baylor has gone from Big 12 doormat to Big 12 power.

– Forget the Red River Rivalry, Baylor’s offense will overshadow it this weekend.

– K-State should let Daniel Sams play through his mistakes. Bob Lutz and Cole Manbeck both say so.

– Today is Bill Snyder’s birthday. He is 74.


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