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Baylor-Texas Tech preview

The Associated Press

No. 5 Baylor (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 7 CFP) vs. TEXAS TECH (4-7, 2-6) at Arlington, Texas, 2:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 29 (ABC)

Line: Baylor by 24 1/2.

Series Record: Texas Tech leads 36-35-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Big 12 co-leader Baylor has to win to stay in contention for a spot in the first College Football Playoff, though a loss might not keep them from a second straight conference title. The Bears have won the last three times in this series played at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. This will be the second time in four seasons the Red Raiders won’t play in a bowl after 11 consecutive postseason appearances.

KEY MATCHUP

Baylor RBs Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin against the Big 12’s worst rushing defense. There will be plenty of passing yards on both sides, and Texas Tech has a 1,000-yard rusher. But Baylor could really run wild. Linwood and Chafin both had 100-yard games last week, and against the Red Raiders last year. Linwood is only 23 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season. The Red Raiders have allowed 261 yards rushing per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Baylor: QB Bryce Petty has thrown a touchdown in 22 consecutive games he has played and is 10th in FBS with 14.74 yards per completion. He has thrown for 2,683 yards with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Texas Tech: DeAndre Washington is the first Texas Tech running back since 1998 with a 1,000-yard rushing season, surpassing that total last week against Iowa State. The last 1,000-yard rusher was Ricky Williams in 1998.

FACTS & FIGURES

In their last three games in the climate-controlled stadium, Baylor and Texas Tech have combined to average nearly 101 points and 1,145 total yards a game. … Baylor WR Corey Coleman has at least one touchdown catch in seven games in a row, the nation’s longest active streak. … Baylor has won 19 straight games played in Texas and is 30-3 in the Lone Star State over the last four seasons.

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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