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John Werner's college picks: Baylor should trample Texas Southern

John Werner's college picks: Baylor should trample Texas Southern

Baylor Gerry Bohanon

Baylor quarterback Gerry Bohanon was effective in his first start against Texas State as he hit 15 of 24 passes for 148 yards and showed command of the offense.

Baylor will play a SWAC team for the first time when Texas Southern rolls into McLane Stadium on Saturday night.

If that seems strange it’s because Baylor basketball teams have played a ton of SWAC teams over the years.

Texas Southern certainly isn’t at the top of the SWAC class. The Tigers opened the season with a 40-17 loss to Prairie View A&M and went 0-11 in their last full season in 2019.

Texas Southern at Baylor

The Tigers are the only FCS team on the Bears’ schedule, so there will be no Vegas odds on this game.

Even more than putting up a W, Baylor coach Dave Aranda’s biggest goal is to polish areas that need improvement following the Bears’ 29-20 season-opening win against Texas State in San Marcos.

Baylor hopes to play more penalty-free football after getting flagged 11 times for 99 yards. The Bears are also seeking a more effective pass rush after recording just one sack against the Bobcats.

Since Baylor’s Big 12 opener is only a week away against Kansas in Lawrence, the Bears want to keep gathering momentum.

Baylor 56, Texas Southern 14

No. 10 Iowa (+4.5) at No. 9 Iowa State

For the first time ever, the long-standing Iowa State-Iowa rivalry will be a top 10 affair, which means the intensity between the two schools will bump up a few notches.

While Iowa rolled to a 34-6 win over Indiana in last week’s season opener, the Cyclones had a tougher time before pulling out a 16-10 win over Northern Iowa.

The Cyclones will have to deliver a much stronger performance against the Hawkeyes, and a packed Jack Trice Stadium will help.

Iowa State 24, Iowa 21

No. 15 Texas (-7) at Arkansas

Following the coaching misfires since Mack Brown’s departure in 2013, first-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian needed a strong opening game.

He got one as the Longhorns pulled off an impressive 38-18 win over then-No. 23 Louisiana. Redshirt freshman quarterback Hudson Card hit 14 of 24 passes for 224 yards and two scores while Bijan Robinson collected 103 yards on the ground.

Coming off an opening 38-17 win over Rice, Arkansas will be tough to beat in Fayetteville in this old Southwest Conference rivalry. The Razorbacks picked off three passes against the Owls, and they’ll do everything they can to rattle Card.

Arkansas 27, Texas 21

Tulsa (+13) at Oklahoma State

Neither Oklahoma State nor Tulsa played great football in season openers as the Cowboys squeaked out a 23-16 win over Missouri State and Tulsa dropped a 19-17 decision to Cal-Davis.

Shane Illingworth threw for 315 yards and a touchdown, but the Cowboys’ running game managed just 54 yards.

Tulsa got a dynamic performance from Deneric Prince, who rushed for 151 yards and a score. But two fourth-quarter field goals by Cal-Davis sealed the loss.

Both teams should step it up in their second game in a tightly-contested matchup.

OSU 31, Tulsa 17

California (+11.5) at TCU

It’s hard to tell how good TCU is after a 45-3 season-opening win over Duquesne, a Pittsburgh school that isn’t Pitt.

Max Duggan looked sharp as he hit 14 of 19 for 207 yards and a score, and TCU’s defense limited Duquesne to 137 yards total offense.

Cal opened with a 22-17 loss to Nevada, and shouldn’t have a lot of success against TCU’s defense.

TCU 27, Cal 10

Last week: 4-1 overall, 2-3 against the line

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