The Baylor Bears (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) travel north to Ames to play No. 22 Iowa State (5-3, 4-2 Big 12) on Saturday.
Bundle up, it’s going to be a cold one at Jack Trice Stadium.
— Baylor is a very statistically average football team. It resides in the middle of nearly every Big 12 statistical category. It isn’t higher than third in any team category and only drops below sixth for total defense and rush defense.
But are statistics the right way to measure the Bears?
Not according to Iowa State coach Matt Campbell.
“The defensive unit has almost everybody back from a year ago,” Campbell said. “Baylor has some really talented young guys that they’ve done a great job recruiting over the last two years that they’ve started to mix in. Then, on the offensive side, I think it all centers around their quarterback. He’s a really talented football player who has kind of gotten nicked up and dinged up in some football games.
“I think as you look at this team collectively, it does pop off the video. I don’t look at many of the statistics because video usually tells the truth and it’s a team that would be very similar to Oklahoma and TCU in terms of skill that really pops off the video.”
— Like the team, no one player really stands out. In Baylor’s rushing attack, three players have over 290 yards on the ground — none more than 390 — and six players have over 150 yards rushing.
Even in the passing attack, Baylor uses two quarterbacks. Charlie Brewer is the main one, but Jalan McClendon completes 66 percent of his passes and has three passing touchdowns.
Receiving is the one area on offense where Baylor has a standout player. Jalen Hurd has caught 57 passes for 756 yards and four touchdowns. Baylor’s No. 2 receiver, Denzel Mims, has 38 catches for 564 yards and five touchdowns.
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— It’s time to address the weather. The forecast for Saturday is 30 degrees with a 9-degree wind chill. It’ll be cold and windy, especially for a team from Texas like Baylor.
This is the first time since 2014 Iowa State has hosted a team from Texas in the month of November.
When Texas native Brian Peavy was asked earlier this week about his first cold game, the Iowa State defensive back just laughed. Then he presented some words of wisdom for his fellow Texans.
“I’m a hoodie guy, you have to bundle up when playing in the cold,” Peavy said. “In high school we even wore hoodies because we thought it was cold.”
Peavy was asked what temperature constituted cold in his high school days, 40 or 50 degrees?
“Maybe 60 degrees,” he said laughing. “You had to bundle up.”
— Now that we’re done laughing at what Texans think is cold, Iowa State does have a true freshman quarterback in Brock Purdy who is from Arizona.
Purdy’s been lights out since taking over the offense, passing for 1,085 yards and 12 touchdowns.
But how will he handle the cold?
“We don’t really worry about it too much,” quarterbacks coach Joel Gordon said. “When you’re out there playing, you get warmed up pretty fast. I don’t see it being an issue.”
Iowa State 35, Baylor 21
Bears usually hibernate when it gets cold.
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