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Top 10 Games of 2015: #2, Texas Tech vs Baylor 10/3/2015

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The 2nd most important game of 2015 is when the Red Raiders and Bears meet up at AT&T Stadium at the beginning of October.

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Last year Texas Tech almost pulled off a huge come from behind win against Baylor. The Red Raiders found themselves down 42-17 more than midway through the 3rd quarter but mounted a furious comeback and only lost 48-46. Patrick Mahomes had an outstanding game throwing for 598 yards and 6 touchdowns to only 1 interception. Mahomes' 598 yards was a Big 12 record for most passing yards in a game for a freshmen. This year Baylor returns a load of talent but will have a new guy under center so this could be another close game.

2014 Game

Result: Texas Tech 46 vs Baylor 48

Baylor 2014 Record: 11-2

2015 Game

When: 10/3/2015

Where: Arlington, TX (AT&T Stadium)

Baylor Key Returners: #32 RB Shock Linwood (251 carries, 1252 yards, 16 TDs), #1 WR Corey Coleman (64 rec, 1119 yards, 11 TDs), #9 WR KD Cannon (58, 1030 yards, 8 TDs), #2 DE Shawn Oakman (51 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 11 sacks), #28 S Orion Stewart (82 tackles, 4 INT)

Key Matchup: Can Texas Tech keep up with the pace of play?

Last year Texas Tech knocked out Bryce Petty in the third quarter and Seth Russell was forced into the game. Russell looks to be in line to take over at QB this year for Baylor but does have some experience other than just in the game last year. Russell was 48-85 for 804 yards with 8 TDs to 1 INT, while most of those appearances were in mop up duty he does have some prior experience to build off of. Bryce Petty was more of your standard pocket passer but Russell does have some mobility to him as well so that's something our defense will have to look out for.

Baylor will be returning a ton of starters and only has to replace a couple of players on each side of the ball. On the offensive side of the ball a majority of their talent returns, only replacing starters Bryce Petty and Antwan Goodley. Shock Linwood returns to the backfield and looks to improve upon his outstanding season. Last year Linwood racked up 158 yards on the ground with 2 TDs. Tech will for sure have to have a gameplay to slow him down. Along with Linwood, Baylor returns their top two wide receivers, Corey Coleman and KD Cannon. Both wideouts were 1000-yard receivers last year and will be looking to help out Russell. One good thing though is that our very young secondary is going to be a year older and should be able to improve from last year.

Shawn Oakman returns at defensive end for Baylor and is an absolute beast. He broke Baylor's single-season sack record with 11 and that was also good enough to rank 15th in the entire NCAA. Oakman also received All-American honors and is projected to go in the first round of next year's NFL draft. Lucky for us we have an experienced offensive line and hopefully they can keep him at bay. Along with Oakman, safety Orion Stewart returns on the defensive side of the ball. Stewart had 82 tackles and 4 interceptions last year, he also received All-Big 12 honors. Stewart will be looking to add to his sophomore campaign and could prove to be one of the best defensive backs in the Big 12. Baylor will be pretty stout on defense, only having to replace a linebacker and defensive back.

Why I worry

Baylor didn't have to replace a lot of players and returns most of their weapons on both sides of the ball. Last year we were getting blown out 42-17 before a crazy comeback. If Seth Russell can pick up where Bryce Petty left off then Baylor has a really good shot of winning the Big 12 and making it into the College Football Playoffs.

Why I don't worry

Seth Russell will have a lot to live up to. Since this team is pretty much stacked it will be up to him to keep Baylor's winning ways going. If that weight is too much for him then you could find Baylor having themselves a QB competition in the middle of season. Also, Tech was very young at several positions last year and this year things should be firing on all cylinders.