Baylor (1-3, 1-3 Big 12) at No. 17 Iowa State (4-2, 4-1), Saturday at 7 p.m. EST (FS1).
Line: Iowa State by 14.
Series record: Baylor leads 10-8.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Cyclones, in a three-way tie for first in the Big 12, play three of their last four at home and can ill afford to lose this one if they are to make the conference championship game for the first time. Baylor needs its offense to get off to a faster start and be more productive if it hopes to end a three-game losing streak.
Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer vs. Iowa State’s defense. Brewer, who will be starting his 35th game, has been mostly good but will need to be great in this one. His offensive line has struggled to find consistency in personnel and performance and is giving up 3.5 sacks a game, and injured starters John Lovett at running back and Tyquan Thornton at receiver are questionable. ISU’s JaQuan Bailey and Will McDonald IV are 1-2 in the Big 12 in sacks with a combined 11.5.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Baylor: Linebacker Terrel Bernard is at the center of everything for a Bears’ defense that lost nine starters from 2019. He leads the Big 12 with 11.8 tackles per game and will be leaned on as much as ever as Baylor tries to slow down the Cyclones’ versatile offense.
Iowa State: Quarterback Brock Purdy has thrown for 50 touchdowns and needs one more to establish himself as the school’s career leader. He now shares the record with Bret Meyer. Purdy has thrown his 50 TDs in 29 games; Meyer needed 48 games from 2004-07 to do it.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Cyclones have split four meetings with Baylor since Matt Campbell took over as coach in 2016. The four games have been decided by a total of 29 points. … ISU running back Breece Hall averages 150.2 yards to lead the nation among players with a minimum of three games. … Ben Sims is the first Baylor tight end since 2011 to have catches in four straight games and last week against TCU became the first since 2008 to score two touchdowns. … Brewer has led five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter in his career, including last year against Iowa State. … The Cyclones’ defense is giving up 20.2 points per game not including five non-offensive touchdowns.
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