The Baylor Bears have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2019 college football season. Matt Rhule did a pretty spectacular job in year one in Waco, going 7-6, and he’s already eclipsed that win total this fall. This weekend, Baylor looks to stay unbeaten on its trip to rival TCU.
The two sides have shared a pretty fierce rivalry, since TCU was added to the Big 12. That happened right around the time that Baylor football became a force, after years of sub-mediocrity.
The two played in one of the defining games of the 2014 season, with Baylor outlasting TCU 61-58. Both teams had one loss entering the final College Football Playoff rankings, but Ohio State wound up leapfrogging the two Texas schools for the fourth spot after its dominant win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes would go on to win the national championship.
The stakes aren’t quite as big for this year’s game, but Baylor is No. 12 in the country and 8-0 on the year. Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs would love nothing more than to play spoiler at home.
— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) November 8, 2019
More on Saturday’s game in Fort Worth:
Game Time: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET
Spread: Baylor -2.5
Announcers: Brian Custer, Robert Smith
Given the difference in the year so far, one might expect the spread to be a bit larger than Baylor by less than a field goal, even on the road. TCU is 4-4 on the year, and a win over Texas aside, haven’t looked great against good Big 12 competition. The Horned Frogs are 2-3 in conference play, with the other win coming against Kansas.
Even though they spent significant time in different conferences, the Bears and Horned Frogs have played 114 games all-time. TCU has won four straight over the Bears entering this season’s game, and leads the very tight series 55–52–7.