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Preview: Baylor Welcomes A Wanting UTSA Team To Waco

Predicting and previewing UTSA at Baylor as the Bears look to go to 2-0.

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Baylor did what they were supposed to do, and dominated Stephen F. Austin last week. They will have a tougher opponent in week two, but one they should still handily defeat. 

The Bears must take care of business again at home. UTSA should not provide too much of a challenge, but we all saw last weekend around the country what can happen if you don’t take an opponent seriously. Knowing how Matt Rhule is, he will not let this happen and Baylor will be ready to play on Saturday.

Game Details

  • When: SAT, SEPT 7 at 3:00 PM CT 
  • Where: Mclane Stadium, Waco, Texas 
  • Forcast: Mostly Sunny, High of 94
  • Stream: Fox Sports Go
  • Betting Line: Baylor -38, O/U 57.5

UTSA Roadrunners (1-0) 

UTSA opened up the season with crosstown rival Incarnate word. While Incarnate word is a FCS opponent, there was plenty of bragging rights on the line in San Antonio. 

The Roadrunners proved up the the task with relative ease with a 35-7 win in the Alamodome. New UTSA starting quarterback Frank Harris showed he is a dynamic playmaker that other teams will have to deal with this year. Harris was 26 of 31 for 206 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. On the ground he was a threat as well rushing for 123 yards.

Harris spead the ball around as 9 different receivers caught a pass. The leader was runningback Brenden Brady who had five receptions for 47 yards. 

The Roadrunner defense also showed up allowing only 28 yards rushing and a total of 209 yards of offense for Incarnate Word. 

Baylor Bears (1-0)

Baylor is coming off of a commanding 56-17 win over FCS opponent Stephen F. Austin. Baylor kept things pretty vanilla on both sides of the ball, and for the most part, they pulled the starters in the third quarter. 

The offense looked that is can be as good as we thought with a handful of talented backs, Charlie Brewer and Denzel Mimms. The defense showed that they were athletic and fast in the new 3-3-5 defensive scheme. 

This week will be a substantially more challenging opponent. Baylor will need to correct a few mistakes that were made against SFA, and they will need to account for Frank Harris and make needed adjustment to limit his ability to make plays both through the air and on the ground. 

Keys to the game 

Keep Charlie Brewer Clean – Matt Rhule was not pleased with the number of hits Brewer took against SFA and Baylor will need to keep him clean to have success against UTSA. 

Establish the Run Game– Baylor will need to impose their will in running game especially against a defense that had success last week stopping the run. 

Account for Frank Harris– Harris proved to be a dynamic player in his opening game and Baylor will need to game plan for him in a way that limits his effectiveness. 

Game Prediction

As I said above UTSA is going to be a tougher opponent for Baylor that they faced last week however Baylor is still the more talented team. I believe this game will be close in first half and many Baylor fans will be a bit nervous. However in the third quarter Baylor will pull away and will end up with winning by at least three touchdowns. 

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