Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
The Bears' high-flying offense goes up against the stingy Cyclone defense Saturday night.
Two teams struggling in Big 12 play will face off this Saturday evening, when the Baylor Bears bring their high-octane passing attack up against the Iowa State Cyclones. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 in Ames.
Both teams are faltering after promising starts. Baylor came up six points short in a shootout loss against Texas last week, their third consecutive defeat in conference play. Though Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III may have left for the NFL, the Baylor offense remains extremely potent. Bears quarterback Nick Florence has put up 2226 yards passing and 20 touchdowns in just six games, and Baylor ranks first in the country in passing offense and third in scoring offense. However, the Bears are ranked last nationally in scoring defense, allowing 44 points per game.
Much like Baylor, Iowa State started with three non-conference wins, only to falter in Big 12 play. The Cyclones sit 4-3 overall, but just 1-3 in the conference. Unlike Baylor, Iowa State has relied on defense and the running game. The Cyclones are allowing less than 20 points per game, and their running back tandem of Shontrelle Johnson and James White have combined for 534 yards on the ground.
Iowa State is a 2.5-point favorite in the game. Television coverage will be available on Fox Sports Net.