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PREVIEW: Baylor notes

November 5, 2009

By Craig ThomasBaylor_logo

Missouri’s opponent Saturday is Baylor. It’ll be at 1 p.m. The Bears have struggled in Big 12 play at 0-4. Their overall record is 3-5.

– The key event this season for Baylor was the injury to starting quarterback Robert Griffin. Griffin was pegged as a breakout player for 2009 after turning heads last year, but suffered a season-ending injury in September. Baylor has not scored more than 10 points in any conference game this season.

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Robert Griffin's injury has made offense tougher for Baylor.

– In his article earlier this week, Sam pointed out the similarities and differences between Baylor’s and Missouri’s losses to Nebraska. Essentially, Baylor blew their chance early, Missouri blew it late.

– Both teams have also played Oklahoma State. Baylor hosted the Cowboys and got blown out 34-7. Missouri went to Stillwater and lost 33-17 due to a poor second half.

– Nick Florence has had the biggest contribution in replacing Griffin at quarterback. In Big 12 play, he has completed just over half his passes. That’s much lower than Griffin’s percentage, but against generally tougher defenses.

– Blake Symanski filled in for the Iowa State game and completed 23 passes but also threw three interceptions.

– Running the ball has been a disaster for Baylor in conference play. They managed just 14 yards rushing against Oklahoma, 45 yards against Oklahoma State and 54 yards against Nebraska, all before sacks are considered.

– Last year, Missouri struggled in Waco. Despite never trailing, the No. 14 Tigers needed a Jeff Wolfert field goal with 2:31 left to win it, 31-28.

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One comment

  1. In looking at the state of their team as well as their fan base, we’re playing a pretty demoralized team. The question is whether they play into that or bring in their “A” game. We’ll find out early!



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