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3 Bold Predictions for Big 12 Showdown Between Texas and Baylor

WACO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 16:  Charlie Brewer #12 of the Baylor Bears runs the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first half at McLane Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Oklahoma v Baylor | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

For the first half of their matchup against Oklahoma, Matt Rhule's Baylor Bears looked almost unbeatable. In the second half, they wilted away as Jalen Hurts and the Sooners stormed back. Their rocky road to a Big 12 title doesn't get any easier this week, as they face Sam Ehlinger and a dynamic Texas Longhorns offense. Expect things to to get really unpredictable in traditional Big 12 fashion.

3. Denzel Mims Goes Over 200 Yards

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 09: Denzel Mims #5 of the Baylor Bears scores a touchdown against Jeff Gladney #12 of the TCU Horned Frogs in the second overtime period at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Baylor v TCU | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The emergence of Mims and slot receiver Tyquan Thornton as both legit pro prospects and reliable weapons in the offense has led to the continued growth of Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer. Texas' secondary has been carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey in recent weeks, and playing against a 6-3, 215-pound speedster with insane contested catch ability isn't the best remedy.

2. Sam Ehlinger Finds the End Zone 4 Times

AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 16: Quarterback Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws the ball in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 23-21 over the Texas Longhorns. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
Texas v Iowa State | David K Purdy/Getty Images

For all the faults of this Texas team and offense, Ehlinger remains one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. With 32 total touchdowns, 27 of which have come through the air, Ehlinger is still capable of winning a game or two on his own. Phil Snow's mighty defense looked like Texas Tech in the second half against the Sooners, and Tom Herman is too creative an offensive mind to not exploit the glaring holes that defense showed.

1. Texas Escapes Waco With an Upset Win

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 21:  Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Oklahoma State v Texas | Tim Warner/Getty Images

Whatever fear factor that Waco might have had was instantly taken away when Oklahoma scorched the Bears for an entire half of football and left Waco as the favorites in the Big 12 once again. If the defense can bend, but not break, against Brewer and the Bears offense, the Longhorns should be able to ride Ehlinger and their standout tandem of wide receivers to a win that puts a major dent in Baylor's chances of making a New Year's Six bowl.