Sept 3, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Blake Shapen (12) celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Albany Great Danes during the second quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Williams, Publisher – Iowa State 27, Baylor 20
Iowa State has not lost a home game since the year 2019. In addition, Iowa State was simply better during the non-con than the defending Big 12 champion Bears. I’m not overconfident. These teams are incredibly even and every power you can get shows that. If Iowa State can slow down Baylor’s hasty attack and not make too many stupid mistakes, the Cyclones will kick off their first 4-0 start since Y2K.
Jared Stansbury, Editor-in-Chief – Iowa State 24, Baylor 21
I’m not sure if these two teams could get any closer than going into this one. Baylor has some youth in the secondary defensive line, which seems to bode well for Hunter Dekkers and Xavier Hutchinson. The Cyclones will have to stop the run and prevent them from giving up big defensive moves. This will be exciting until the closing moments.
Connor Ferguson, Staff Writer – Iowa State 24, Baylor 17
I was given the luxury of putting my pick here last and noticed the higher point totals everyone was going along with. There is reason to believe this will be a lower scoring game – both teams are solid on the defensive side of football and I think the defensive units will challenge these offenses significantly on Saturday. What keeps me from going that way is the number of points scored in this series over the past few seasons. Crazy things seem to be happening in all these matchups and Saturday shouldn’t deviate from that. I’ll take Iowa State in a single score game as long as they don’t do anything to beat themselves.
Jay Jordan, Football Analyst – Iowa State 23, Baylor 21
Baylor’s running game poses a major threat to the ISU D. The Baylor D will always be solid. Feels like a back and forth affair that will be close to everything. The line is right on this one. Picking out the good ones until they show they can’t hang out with anyone.
Jeff Woody, Football Analyst – Iowa State 30, Baylor 28
Last year, Iowa State was the better team in offense and defense. But Baylor won ISU in special teams, the difference being the kickoff return touchdown and a big point return to set up the eventual game winner. So far, ISU has shown resilience when they do stupid things in special teams, but they still seem to do those stupid things too often. Something strange is happening with special teams, but Iowa State can withstand it, Dekkers stays sharp and the defense continues to force wraps.