It's time to take a look at this week's match-ups, where we break down which team has an advantage on both sides of the running game, the passing game and in the trenches. Not only do we let you know who has the upper hand in each area, we rate it on a one- to five-star level, with one start being a slight edge and five stars being an overwhelming advantage.
Baylor lines up with four defensive backs and a rover, but the Bears have had some troubles in defending the pass. On the year, Baylor ranks ninth in the Big 12, giving up more than 250 yards passing per game. The Bears have limited depth at corner and starters Josh Bell and Alton Widemon have been average at best. Free safety Jordan Lake is probably the best of the bunch.
Colt McCoy has been on fire over the past two games, and he should be able to continue his hot play against Baylor. Losing Limas Sweed was a blow to the team's depth, but the overall play of the passing game may be better without an injured Sweed in the line-up. Jermichael Finley was shut out last week, and the coaches would like to get him involved again.
Baylor starts two linebackers, Joe Pawelek and Nick Moore, with Pawelek being the leader of the group. At 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds, Pawelek is a scrappy, physical player and he just has a knack for being around the football. He's second on the team with 61 tackles, while Moore has 45. The linebackers would probably be considered the strength of the Baylor defense.
Texas really didn't run the ball that often against Iowa State, and Mack Brown said the team was simply trying to do what it does best. Does that mean the Horns will continue to spread the field and use the pass to set up the run? It's quite possible. Jamaal Charles and Vondrell McGee both have talent the talent to turn in big numbers.