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Texas Vs. Baylor Odds: Bears A Rare Favorite Against The Longhorns

With Robert Griffin III under center, it's a new day in Waco. Since joining the Big 12 in 1996, Baylor has never beaten both of the conference's traditional powers -- Oklahoma and Texas -- in a single season.

If the odds makers are correct, that could change this season, as the No. 17 Bears are a -2 home favorite over the No. 22 Texas Longhorns.

Baylor's offense has carried them to an 8-3 record while the Longhorns' defense has saved their 7-4 season from a tailspin after a series of devastating injuries on the offensive side of the ball. 

Griffin, after leading his team to a shocking home upset of the Sooners two weeks back, is now in the thick of the Heisman race. He's completed 72.6% of his passes for 3,678 yards, 34 TD's and 5 INT's.

He sat out of the second half of the Bears 66-42 victory over Texas Tech last week with a concussion, but he is expected to be able to play on Saturday.

Texas' defense, which starts only four seniors, has steadily improved throughout the season. With three NFL-caliber linebackers in seniors Emmanuel Acho, Keenan Robinson and sophomore Jordan Hicks, they are one of the few teams with the speed to match-up with Griffin on the perimeter.

They'll need another fine performance to help an offense that has never recovered from the loss of senior RB Fozzy Whittaker to a season-ending knee injury against Missouri. 

Sophomore QB Case McCoy did not have an impressive statistical line against Texas A&M, completing 16/27 passes for 110 yards, but he was able to lead the Longhorns down the field in the final two minutes to hit the game-winning field goal.

In sharp contrast to the match-up on the other side of the ball, Baylor's defense, which gives up 36.7 points a game, 111th worst in the country, will give the Longhorns some opportunities.

If McCoy struggles, former Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is likely to dip deep into his bag of tricks: he changed the dynamic of the Texas A&M game with a 41-yard TD pass from WR Jaxon Shipley.

Expecting the Bears defense to crumble, the odds makers have set the over/under for Saturday's game at 63.

It will be broadcast nationally by ABC at 2:30.

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